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Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield appears to be headed for NFL Draft

Sheffield’s decision has a big impact on OSU’s secondary in 2019.

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One last lingering question for the Buckeyes appears to have been answered, as Ohio State starting cornerback Kendall Sheffield has announced his intentions for the 2019 season.

After being named the fastest player in college football by in the summer of 2018, the Missouri City, Texas, product is going to see how that speed holds up at the next level, as he will forgo his remaining collegiate eligibility to enter the NFL Draft.

Unlike many of his departing teammates, Sheffield did not work with OSU’s graphics department to craft a goodbye letter to Buckeye Nation, nor did he drop a statement via notes. Instead, it was noticed that his name was included in a list of players that will be training for the draft with EXOS Sports.

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After transferring from Alabama, Sheffield has accounted for 75 tackles as a Buckeye on the football field, including four for loss. He has a pair of interceptions and 15 passes defended. However, that’s not the only sport that Sheffield has excelled in at OSU.

In February of 2018, the speedy DB broke the Ohio State track and field record in the 60-meter dash by clocking a time of 6.663 seconds, breaking a 23-year-old record.

Despite his elite speed, Sheffield has shown additional skills at every stop along his career. A five-star player coming out of high school, Sheffield signed with the Crimson Tide, redshirting his freshman season. He then transferred to Blinn College, and left in 2016 as the top-rated corner coming out of junior college that season.

The assumption since the Rose Bowl was that Sheffield was likely to head to the NFL, but his status was far less certain than say, Dwayne Haskins’. So, now that he is officially moving on — while Damon Arnette will be returning — that means we will definitely be seeing more of young corners Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade, both of whom showed signs of tremendous potential in 2018; and I wouldn’t be surprised if Arnette ended up being the odd man out of the starting lineup come fall.