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Mailbag: Could Jeff Okudah—or any other Lions player—benefit from a position change?

We discuss which Detroit Lions players could find a second chance by moving positions in 2023, including Jeff Okudah.

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Over the next couple of months, the Detroit Lions will have a prime opportunity to add a ton of new talent to their roster. But their success next year will just as much be impacted by the team’s ability to develop the players they already have and put them in the best position to succeed.

Recently, the Lions have moved some of their players around to see if they can get the most out of them at a different position. Godwin Igwebuike went from safety to running back. Will Harris went from safety to cornerback. Ifeatu Melifonwu did the reverse-Will Harris.

Changing positions can be a tough conversation with some players, but it often gives them a second chance at an NFL career.

So who on the Lions could be in for a transformation in 2023? Cornerback Jeff Okudah has had a tumultuous early career, marred by injuries and inconsistent play. Just when it looked like he had turned a corner in 2022, his season ended on the bench and then injured again. Could he benefit from a move to safety? What about nickel corner?

That is one of the topics we discuss on this week’s Spotify Live show—where we take your calls live on the Spotify Live app every Saturday morning around 9 a.m. ET.

The conversation on position switches begins around the 39-minute mark.

Other topics on this week’s show:

  • What is more valuable in the secondary: a guy with good ball skills + a lot of interceptions or someone capable of locking down one side of the field? (3:00)
  • Which of the top-four quarterback prospects would you take at Pick 6? Any? Trade down instead? (7:00)
  • How much credit does QB coach Mark Brunell deserve for Jared Goff’s improvement, and can he develop a rookie quarterback like Anthony Richardson? (18:00)
  • Is wide receiver an underrated need? Who in this draft could fill it? (27:00)
  • Are you comfortable with Malcolm Rodriguez and Derrick Barnes starting if the Lions don’t re-sign Alex Anzalone? (50:30)
  • Who on staff would win the Pride of Detroit Combine? (58:20)
  • What the hell happened with Tyrell Crosby? Who was at fault and why is Crosby still taking shots at the Lions? (1:07:00)

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