Jeff Okudah 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Pros, Cons, and Projected Teams

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Jeff Okudah 2020 NFL Draft Profile

2020 NFL Draft

Jeff Okudah is considered by many the best cornerback in the draft, and he shouldn’t last long on the board. Coming out of high school, Okudah was the eighth ranked player in the class of 2017 and the number one ranked cornerback. 

College Career: Being a highly touted cornerback coming out of high school, it didn't take him long to make an impact at Ohio State. As a freshman, he played in 9 games and had 17 tackles. As a sophomore, he started to come trusted more and it led to a whole lot of success finishing with 32 tackles and 1 fumble recovery.

As a junior, Okudah became a lockdown player and Big Ten teams would look the other way instead of throwing the ball to the receiver he was covering. After the season, Okudah was named to the First Team All-Big Ten, and a unanimous All-American. 

Pros: Okudah has all the makings of one of the best cornerbacks in all of football and his pro’s list is long. Okudah is great in man coverage and one of the main reasons is because he has quick feet. He isn’t afraid to get up ot the line of scrimmage and make life really tough on the wide receivers. He isn’t afraid to lay out a big hit, and is a really good tackler. He is also a very confident player that isn’t going to be afraid of anyone he is matched up against, no matter how good of a wide receiver he is.He also has the body frame to not be outmatched by anyone, even the tall receivers. 

Cons: Okudah doesn't have a whole lot of cons, and this list is getting really nit-picky. In zone coverage, at times Okudah can get out of position in zone coverage. 

Projected Teams: The Detroit Lions own the third pick in the draft, and the Lions need cornerback help with Darius Slay not on the team any longer. He would be able to come in Week 1 of the 2020 season and make an impact. 

The Carolina Panthers probably won’t have a chance to draft Okudah unless they trade up, but if they can get their hands on him, they need to do everything in their power to get it done. 


The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Pick Dawgz site consensus.