Shaun Wade wants a shot at DeVonta Smith
As Ohio State and Alabama prepare to face off for a shot at the National Championship, there is one matchup that has just become juicy. Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade has issued a challenge to himself that he would like to matchup against Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith on Monday night.
A year ago, this would have many draft pundits drooling. Now, However, this has many people fearing for the dignity of Wade as he has performed well under the expectations this season in Columbus, Ohio. Credit to Wade, however, what is he supposed to say at this moment?
However, there is a large chance Wade will regret what he has said as on the season, Smith has racked up 105 catches for 1,641 yards receiving, and 20 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. On the other hand, Wade has given up a quarterback rating of 119.4 when targeted.
Sizing up Wade vs. DeVonta Smith
This one is sizing up to be a massive mismatch in favor of Smith.
The Heisman Trophy winner is going up against a cornerback who has done little to help his 2021 NFL Draft stock, and a ton to hurt it. After a fantastic season a year ago in the nickel for the Buckeyes, Wade moved outside the numbers in 2020, a move that has turned out to be a bad one. In fact, the only way to save his draft stock may be to evaluate him as a safety at the next level.
Needless to say, Wade has bitten off quite a bit more than he has proven able to chew this season at Ohio State. With only one game left before he is presumptively off to the draft, can Wade make a statement and turn his fortunes around as the Buckeyes look to dethrone the favorites in Alabama?