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Former Ohio State Star Garrett Wilson Has Blunt Message For ESPN's Todd McShay

Todd McShay

Garrett Wilson has come to the defense of a former Buckeye teammate this Thursday afternoon.

Earlier this week, ESPN's Todd McShay went on air and claimed that NFL scouts believe that Ohio State's Jaxon Smith-Njigba is healthy enough to play, and is sitting out only to protect his draft stock. 

His comments, which came shortly after Smith-Njigba announced that he won't play in Ohio State's Peach Bowl matchup with Georgia, didn't sit well with Garrett Wilson. 

Responding to McShay on Twitter this Thursday, Wilson backed up his former Buckeye wideout by saying, "Damn, Dr Mcshay.. JSN got a big heart, you don’t know the man. Not to mention, don’t speak on what you don’t know. Simple. Sorry to see this." 

Wilson and Smith-Njigba spent two seasons together at Ohio State between 2020 and 2021. 

Combined with a third former Buckeye receiver, Chris Olave, the trio ran all over opposing defenses last year en route to a FBS-leading offense that tallied over 561.2 yards per game. 

After last season ended, though, Olave and Wilson entered the NFL draft and the spotlight was shone directly onto Smith-Njigba. 

Unfortunately, a hamstring injury suffered in the Buckeyes' regular season opener against Notre Dame derailed his 2022 campaign before it could even get started. Smith-Njigba only appeared in three games this season, logging just five catches for 43 yards. 

According to his mother, Maada, the receiver completed his first full day of rehab on Wednesday, contradicting McShay's report. 

Still, Smith-Njigba is poised to be one of the first receivers selected in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft.