Ohio State Center Luke Wypler has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft

Ohio State Center Luke Wypler has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft

Luke Wypler will not return next season.

Ohio State’s starting center declared for the 2023 NFL draft on Tuesday, officially leaving the Buckeye program after three years in college football.

The four-star recruit from New Jersey in the 2020 class was the Buckeyes’ ironman the past two seasons. Wypler led the Ohio State offense with 860 snaps in 2021, and his 827 in 2022 passed Paris Johnson Jr. and were tied with Donovan Jackson for the most recorded by any member of the Buckeye offense.

Wypler took over the starting role as a redshirt freshman and has started every Ohio State game since. As a redshirt sophomore, Wypler was a third-team All-Big Ten selection by the conference media.

Wypler anchored an Ohio State offense that led the nation in 2021, and the unit ranked ninth and second in those categories this past season.

But now heading into the NFL draft as one of the top interior offensive linemen in its class, Ohio State must replace its starting center in 2023 and beyond. Jakob James is a candidate to take the Wypler mantle next season, having logged 79 snaps this past year. Toby Wilson could also be in the mix after receiving 18 snaps in 2022. Matt Jones is also a candidate to slide to center if he returns to Ohio State for his sixth year of eligibility.

Ohio State already lost two of its starters, Paris Johnson Jr. and Dawand Jones turning pro, and Wypler’s decision means the Buckeyes will have at least three new offensive linemen in 2023.

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