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Luke Wypler, the Ohio State Buckeyes, All-Big 10 offensive lineman — considered one of the best centers in the nation — is declaring for the 2023 NFL draft, a source told OutKick’s Jason Cole.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman emerged on the scene after former starting center Henry Miller missed time due to injury and personal matters.
Late Tuesday, Wypler officially announced his decision:
It has been my passion from the moment I first put on pads at the age of seven. Growing up, I worked hard to give myself the opportunity to play college football at the highest level. To compete as a Buckeye at The Ohio State University – the best university in the country – has been the privilege of a lifetime.
It took an extraordinary support team to get me to this moment. My career officially started in high school, at St. Joseph Regional HS in New Jersey.
While there, Coach Hoffmann and Coach Coccaro prepared me for the next level. And what a next level it was.
The Ohio State was a dream. Buckeye nation. My teammates. Coach Day. Coach Frye. The entire coaching, training and support staff. You help men prepare and compete at their best
Lastly, Mom and Dad, my entire family — thank you. Thank you for always supporting and believing in me.
Now, it is time for the next step. I am officially declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft.
After the Buckeyes’ Peach Bowl loss against Georgia, Wypler was rumored to be returning for a senior season until Tuesday’s news of his declaration for the draft. His shoring up of the middle of OSU’s offensive line helped catapult Ryan Day’s offense into one of the best in the nation last season.
Wypler’s name has also been floated among the top centers heading into the 2023 class.
Only a few college linemen have been projected to be selected ahead of Wypler (pending a number of declarations), including Notre Dame’s Jarrett Patterson, TCU’s Steve Avila, NC State’s Dylan McMahon and Oregon’s Alex Forsyth.
Wypler is currently projected to land within the mid-rounds of the draft (3-6).