Ohio State junior linebacker Jerome Baker announced via social media Monday that he is applying for the NFL draft.

He became the third high-profile member of the defense to leave with one year of eligibility remaining, joining cornerback Denzel Ward and defensive end Sam Hubbard.

"After a considerable amount of time and endless conversations with my loved ones, I have decided to forgo my senior year at The Ohio State University to pursue my childhood dream of playing professional football," Baker wrote on Twitter. 

For everything! pic.twitter.com/KOSQ4LhwHl

— Jerome Baker Jr. (@Lastname_Baker) January 8, 2018

He thanked all who have had impact on his life and playing career.

"It has been an honor to be able to participate in the Ohio State football program, and I am so grateful for the experience," Baker wrote.

Just where he will go in the draft isn't clear. He has been projected anywhere from mid-first round to second round the past several months.

The Buckeyes will look for two new starters at linebacker in the spring, with senior Chris Worley also gone from the 2017 defense. The lone returning starter from the Cotton Bowl is middle linebacker Tuf Borland.



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