|J.T. Barrett. Image via Deadspin.|
There are some big shoes to fill at Ohio State's wide receiver position. Former Buckeye WR Mike Thomas expected to be a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and his fellow WR teammate Jalin Marshall has been projected to be picked in either the fourth or fifth round.
Ohio St. quarterback J.T. Barrett has a few ideas of which Buckeye WRs will step up and into Thomas and Marshall's roles as playmakers in 2016. Their names are Noah Brown and Corey Smith. The only drawback to the two is that they are both coming off serious injuries that ended their 2015 seasons early.
Barrett told cleveland.com that Smith "has the ability as a receiver to find windows and find holes and able to tempo himself when he's running routes. He makes you look right when you're actually a little behind him, he can slow his tempo down and catch the ball."
Smith suffered a season-ending leg injury during Ohio State's Oct. 3 win over Indiana. He was given a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA for the 2016 season.
On Brown, Barrett that he "was going to be a big part of our offense going into Virginia Tech until he got hurt." Brown, suffered a leg injury during fall practice that kept him out of the 2015 season. The injury was described as being "devastating" to his teammates, who were impressed by his performance in fall camp.
Smith and Brown are expected only to see limited action during the Buckeyes' spring practice, which begins on March 8.