Donald Washington: What Could Have Been

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst IMarch 3, 2009

I am a little behind right now because we were traveling this past weekend and were never able to connect to our wifi connection. On top of that, we were stranded for an extra 24 hours because of the snowstorm.

I have to admit, when I read this story about Donald Washington's performance at the combine it made me wince. Not because I am rooting against Washington's success. As most of you know, I constantly lobbied for Washington to receive more playing time last year after he served his suspension.

I winced because I instantly thought of the 2009 Ohio State secondary with Washington manning the corner opposite of Chekwa. While it may not have received a ton of press nationally, I believe that combo would have been as tough as any in the Big Ten and possibly the nation. And with all the safeties returning, the defensive backfield would have been able to cover for the certain mistakes of a young, albeit talented, group of linebackers.

I don't know that the absence of one player who barely played last season can radically alter an entire layer of defense, but it would be nice to have a player of Washington's caliber roaming the secondary when USC comes to town in September.

A variation on a theme of absence. Not that he would have been around this upcoming season, but I noticed that Brandon Underwood is the 16th ranked CB by ESPN. Considering Washington's soon to higher ranking (he is 22nd currently) the Buckeyes would have had a nice two-deep at cornerback last season. Oh well, it probably would not have made a difference.