Ohio State star receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba is headed to the NFL draft and will not play in the College Football Playoff.

"I want to be out there competing with my brothers more than anything," Smith-Njigba told ESPN on Monday. "The decision to turn pro was made after I was unable to come back on multiple occasions during the season and the doctors determined I would be unable to participate in the playoffs."

Smith-Njigba entered the season as one of the most decorated players in college football and the country's top wide receiver draft prospect, but he dealt all year with a lingering hamstring injury. He broke the Big Ten record with 1,606 yards last year, including a transcendent Rose Bowl performance where he caught 15 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns.