With the early defections to the NFL, Ohio State is set to replace an incredible eight starters on each side of the ball for the 2016 season.
That attrition will make another run at the College Football Playoff difficult, but it'll open up some big opportunities for some of Ohio State's younger players.
Defensively, each position unit will get one starter back with defensive end Tyquan Lewis, linebacker Raekwon McMillan and cornerback Gareon Conley. Thanks to Meyer's recruiting efforts, there's a deep talent pool at every level, but there's little experience to complement it.
Defensive end Sam Hubbard and tackle Michael Hill got their feet wet in 2015, which will pay off as they're expected to start in 2016. The linebacker unit will promote Dante Booker and Chris Worley to flank McMillan.
On the back end, safety Erick Smith and cornerback Marshon Lattimore—who played as teammates at Cleveland Glenville High School—will play alongside Conley.
Offensively, the Buckeyes have their centerpiece to build around in quarterback J.T. Barrett, but they'll have to identify new starters for the entire wide receiver unit in addition to the tight end and running back positions.
But like with the defense, there's a lot of talent lurking on the depth chart.
Torrance Gibson remains the most intriguing possibility. The former quarterback turned wide receiver battled an ankle injury that prevented him from seeing the field in 2015, but after rumors of transferring, he reaffirmed his commitment to Ohio State and is still entertaining the opportunity of playing on the perimeter.
"I made some strides. Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, those guys have been teaching me a lot about being a receiver. Receiver just came naturally to me," Gibson said, according to Eric Seger of Eleven Warriors.
"I gotta work on a few things, but I'll be ready next year. Guarantee I'll be ready," Gibson later added, via Seger. "During the summer, I'll be working my ass off—excuse my language—to get on that field next year."