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ESPN: The 5 "Winners" Of The NFL Draft Early Entrant Deadline

A photo of the stage at the NFL Draft.

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A view of the NFL Draft theater prior to the start of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

ESPN has named the five "winners" of the college football offseason so far.

The NFL Draft's early entrant deadline came and went on Monday. It was a big day for the college football world.

Several programs got big news, with players like Stanford running back Bryce Love and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins announcing they'd be returning.

ESPN college football writer Adam Rittenberg has named the "winners" and the "losers" of the NFL Draft early entrant deadline. Here are the five programs he's tabbed "winners."

  • Clemson
  • West Virginia
  • Ohio State
  • Wisconsin
  • Washington

The news Clemson has gotten over the past couple of days is almost unfair to everyone else. The Tigers are returning their entire defensive line which features four potential first-round draft picks.

Good luck blocking the Tigers' defensive front next year. It might be better than some NFL teams (kidding, but only kind of).

Ohio State's offense has also received a bunch of good news, too. The Buckeyes are returning basically everyone except J.T. Barrett.

Here's what ESPN said about Urban Meyer's 2018 team:

Any year where the Buckeyes' number of draft departures is relatively small puts them in the "winner" category. Cornerback Denzel Ward and defensive lineman Sam Hubbard made the right choices to leave, especially after Hubbard's incredible Cotton Bowl performance. But Dre'Mont Jones returns along the defensive line, and Ohio State's next starting quarterback will have wide receivers Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin and Johnnie Dixon at his disposal. Running back Mike Weber, a redshirt sophomore, also opted to remain in Columbus, where he will team up with J.K. Dobbins.

Whoever ends up being tabbed as the starting quarterback by Urban Meyer - Dwayne Haskins, Tate Martell, Joe Burrow - is going to have a lot of firepower to work with.

You can read about the "losers" of the deadline here.