2017 Secondary Discussion

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    Schiano working his magic? Let's hope so. Web was an absolute liability last year. Our secondary was literally had the 3 top rated draft prospects roaming around, and there were times where we couldn't stop a runny nose bc of Webb.

    Step up or sit down, kid. We have ballers waiting in line.
     
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    Safety

    When it comes to the safeties, this much is certain: Senior Damon Webb will return to his starting role in 2017.

    “I know we have one in Damon Webb,” said Ohio State defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano. “He performed like a legitimate big-time safety in the spring. After that, we have a lot of guys who have showed promise, but consistency is the issue.”

    That group includes senior Erick Smith and sophomore Jordan Fuller, who are vying to replace Malik Hooker in the starting lineup. Schiano’s unit also possesses depth in the form of converted cornerback Wayne Davis and early enrollee Isaiah Pryor.

    At this point, a rotation of Smith and Fuller playing next to Webb is a possibility.
     
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    Cornerback

    Earlier this week, Ohio State cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said his unit is as deep as it’s ever been since he arrived in Columbus in 2012. That’s certainly saying something when you consider that just two years ago the Buckeyes had three (likely) future first-round picks in their cornerbacks room.

    But with depth comes competition, and that’s something that might never end with such an impressive collection of talent. At this point, Coombs knows he has one starter in Denzel Ward. There are a plethora of options at the other corner, including breakout spring practice standout Damon Arnette.

    Toss in former 5-star prospects Jeffrey Okudah, Shaun Wade and Kendall Sheffield, as well as fellow early enrollee Marcus Williamson, and it’s easy to see why Coombs speaks so highly of his unit.

    At this point, Arnette should be considered the front-runner for the open starting spot. But as Coombs aims to continue what’s been a successful rotation, each cornerback should see plenty of playing time in 2017.
     
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    Cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah, Shaun Wade, Marcus Williamson or Kendall Sheffield

    Lumping these four together only feels right, even though Sheffield is not a freshman. He looks like a grown ass man and is a former 5-star Alabama commit who is all but assured playing time this fall.

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    Okudah was the top-rated player in the class, another 5-star prospect the Buckeyes plucked from Texas who enrolled early. After speaking with both he and Wade, another 5-star, on signing day in February, it is evident their mindset is to be at Ohio State for three years then head to the NFL as a first-round draft pick. With a guy like Kerry Coombs coaching you, that makes sense.

    Sheffield, Wade and Okudah are all long, athletic and fast players who came to Ohio State extremely well-prepared and at a position of need. The same goes for Williamson, another 4-star originally from Westerville who finished high school at IMG Academy. Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley both came off the board in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Denzel Ward has one corner spot locked down but the other remains in flux. These four names will definitely be involved.
     

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