Former NFL GM weighs in on Ohio State talent after College Football Playoff loss
Former NFL general manager Mike Tannebaum sees a mixed bag from Ohio State following the Buckeyes’ Monday night loss to Alabama.
Tannenbaum, who spent time as general manager of the New York Jets and with the Miami Dolphins organization, was brutally honest about the performance of several highly-rated Buckeyes in light of the national championship game. Ohio State lost 52-24 to Alabama on Monday night in the College Football Playoff.
On Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Tannenbaum said that he “flashed his ability, but you could tell he wasn’t 100%. The TE seam was an NFL throw, and he really made some good plays.” Fields is projected in some mock drafts as the second overall pick, which is currently held by the Jets.
Fields was a finalist for the Heisman.
One player who saw his draft stock take a hit was Shaun Wade. The cornerback had a difficult match-up in wide receiver DaVonta Smith, who won both the Heisman and the Maxwell Award this past season.
Wade was considered a possible Day 1 pick but his draft stock may have taken a significant hit following Monday night.
“Ohio State CB Shaun Wade was inconsistent,” Tannenbaum wrote. “He made some good tackles but missed some and he has taken a step back from where he was a year ago.”
Tannenbaum’s comments were made to ‘The 33rd Team,’ a think tank he created to analyze and track the NFL as well as college football. His resume includes drafting players such as cornerback Darrelle Revis, left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold among others.
The article also includes insight on other players on both sides of the ball in the championship game and can be found here.