Buckeyes receiver Holmes says he'll enter NFL draft

Updated: January 3, 2006, 12:26 AM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Minutes after catching five passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State wide receiver Santonio Holmes told reporters on the field that he was entering his name into the NFL draft.

Santonio Holmes
Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty ImagesSantonio Holmes would make sense for the Chiefs.

As Holmes was talking, fellow receiver Roy Hall yelled behind him, "You're going to the league!"

Holmes is a fourth-year junior. His announcement after the Buckeyes defeated Notre Dame 34-20 did not seem to come as a surprise to coach Jim Tressel.

"He's a fourth-year guy, well along toward his degree," Tressel said. "I think he's proven that it's time to move along.

"I tell all our players that if you're a first-round pick, you should go. And Santonio is going to be a first-round draft pick."

Quarterback Troy Smith said, "It's time for him to step up and go to another level."

Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at ESPN4D@aol.com.