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Why the Detroit Lions should draft Jeff Okudah

The cornerback is a star at the team’s biggest position of need, what else could you want?

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Jeff Okudah feels like a no brainer for the Detroit Lions.

With cornerback remaining a need on this roster—even before Darius Slay was dealt over to the Philadelphia Eagles—adding the best one in the draft feels obvious. Even beyond that, though, Okudah looks like he is going to be a star.

The corner is excellent in man coverage, which Detroit seems to play more than anyone else in the league. He has the big frame that the Lions seem to love. Okudah is an excellent tackler. He is a playmaker. He is a shutdown guy. The corner can follow around the opposing team's top receiver and turn him into a bystander.

In a league where the biggest, fastest, strongest dudes possible are running around as wide receivers, Okudah is the kind of player Detroit needs to deal with them. The Lions have a rare chance to add a generational talent as they pick in the top 5 this year, and opportunity that (hopefully) will not come again for a long time.

Yeah, sure, they can trade back and get two worse players mid-way through the first, but instead, just take the star and let him take over as your star, shutdown corner.

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