The Ohio State defense is scary.

At least according to them.

Talking about the Buckeyes defense, the first look is usually to Zach Harrison and Tyreke Smith, who both are expected to have big seasons in 2021. Harrison should be a first-round pick in next spring’s NFL Draft. There is also plenty of excitement around true freshman Jack Sawyer and J.T. Tuimoloau. But don’t overlook redshirt junior Javontae Jean-Baptiste.

Baptiste commented on his thoughts about the OSU defense’s potential.

Jean-Baptiste appeared in twenty games over the past two seasons at OSU, making two starts, including the national championship game. Over his time in Columbus he has twenty tackles, 3 ½ tackles-for-loss, and 2 ½ sacks. While not seeing the amount of time as Smith or Harrison, he has contributed during key situations.

After spending his redshirt freshman season on the scout team defense, he worked to gain weight and strength and got the attention of the Ohio State staff with regard to his athleticism. Now at 255 pounds, the patience of the coaching staff to have him develop could be repaid this season.

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