In 2016, the Ohio State Buckeyes were lucky enough to have three future first round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft roaming in the secondary.
Gareon Conley, Malik Hooker and Marshon Lattimore proved to be the anchors to an elite Ohio State defense that finished sixth in passing yards allowed at 172.2 yards per game. Now in 2017 with all three players in the NFL, the Ohio State secondary has taken a complete nosedive.
Both Indiana and Oklahoma were able to expose the Ohio State defense through the air this season.
After a deflating loss this past weekend against Oklahoma it is clear that the secondary needs to be improved. Currently, the secondary ranks dead last in all of college football in passing yards allowed per game with 403.
Against Indiana, the defense made two interceptions and showed some potential but against Oklahoma it was picked apart by Mayfield.
The Ohio State secondary did not record a single pass breakup against Mayfield, who tossed the ball 35 times. In fact, the defensive line broke up the only two passes that game. Essentially, as long as Mayfield had time to throw, he was able to complete almost every pass.
However, the worst stat of the day for the Buckeyes was the fact that the defense allowed Oklahoma fullback Dimitri Flowers to catch seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Fullbacks are not known for catching many passes but Flowers absolutely torched the Ohio State defense this past Saturday.
If Ohio State does not improve its pass defense then the team will have no chance of making it to the College Football Playoff.
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