As reported by Mike Huguenin of CFB 24/7, Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Michael Bennett is likely to be back in Columbus for his senior year. Bennett told reporters that he did not submit paperwork to be evaluated by the NFL Draft Advisory Board, which helps prospective underclassmen get an idea of where they might be able to go in the NFL Draft if they were to declare early. This is not a financial issue, but just requires paperwork to be filed.
Linebacker Ryan Shazier and quarterback Braxton Miller both submitted to be evaluated. Some players submit for sheer curiosity in where they stand in the eyes of the NFL even if they plan to return for another year. Shazier and Miller are both seriously considering the possiblity of coming out after the Buckeyes play Clemson in the Orange Bowl next month. The fact that Bennett, a player who emerged as one of the better defensive tackles in the Big Ten, did not submit paperwork leads most to believe that he is content to come back to Columbus for his senior year.
Bennett had a nice season as a junior in Columbus recording 16 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. The junior from Centerville is 6’3″ 285lbs, so some of his decision to return may be a matter of coming back and working to add strength and weight in addition to helping the Buckeyes go on a potential championship run and work on his game.