College football analyst says Alabama will have 'advantage' over Ohio State DB Shaun Wade
There’s been plenty of buzz this year about Shaun Wade being a potential first round pick. Sounds like on Monday night, Wade is going to have a chance to prove it.
Plenty of chances that is.
According to ESPN’s Rod Gilmore, the Ohio State cornerback is going to be targeted by the Alabama offense. Wade has been one of the most dominant cornerbacks in the Big Ten this year if not the best defensive back in the conference.
He has 21 tackles, two interceptions and three passes defended as offenses have essentially ignored Wade’s side of the field for the most part.
“I don’t think this is the matchup that Ohio State wants,” Gilmore said according to 247Sports. “I think Shaun Wade is a terrific corner, but man-to-man coverage, particularly press, is not his strong suit. I think Steve Sarkisian is going to move DeVonta Smith around. He’ll be in the slot. He’ll be in motion. He’ll be out wide. Wade is better when he is off the ball and he’s in zone coverage. When he can do that, he can be effective.
“But if you ask him to press, there’s bailout on the press … That’s going to be an issue. I don’t like the idea of man-to-man coverage against this Alabama team. I expect to see him play off, play some three-deep. I think this is an advantage for Alabama if they try to go man.”
Wade, for his part, isn’t lacking confidence in the match-up.
ESPN’s Todd McShay had Wade going No. 13 overall in his latest mock draft to the Los Angeles Chargers. As for Smith, McShay has him at No. 3 to the Miami Dolphins.
Smith has had a tremendous season, the Alabama wide receiver won the Heisman and the Maxwell Award this week. He had 105 catches for 1,641 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns this season.