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Notes: Jeff Okudah ‘has a chance to be a true lockdown CB in the league’

Local beat writers came away extremely impressed after an in-depth film dive on Jeff Okudah.

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It’s been a while since we fired up the Jeff Okudah hype machine. In a normal season, we would’ve had rookie minicamp to help hype up this draft class, but without it, it’s been a little too quiet.

Thankfully, the fellas over at The Athletic did a little film study of the Lions’ first-round draft pick, and it’s fair to say they both came away quite enamored by Okudah’s talent. Nick Baumgardner and Chris Burke both watched nine Ohio State games from last year and compared notes on Okudah’s play.

I’m not going to spoil all of the things Baumgardner and Burke said about the third-overall pick, but I think it’s fair to say both came away even more impressed than initially thought.

Here are a couple of interesting quotes from the duo, but be sure to head to The Athletic for their full breakdown of Okudah’s play.


“I’d challenge anyone to find large stretches of Okudah’s 2019 campaign that featured any signs of boredom or sloppiness.”

“Health has to cooperate, but Okudah has a chance to be a true lockdown CB in the league.”


“In terms of playing coverage on the outside, Okudah is one of the most advanced cornerback prospects to come along in recent memory. “

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