Poll: Was Drafting Jeff Okudah a Mistake?

John Maakaron

The Detroit Lions are struggling mightily to establish their identity on defense. 

To open the 2020 NFL season, Detroit's defense has blown two double-digit leads, and the 0-2 start has put the entire regime on the hot seat. 

NBC Sports NFL analyst Peter King wrote in his latest "Football Morning in America" column, "The most troublesome thing about the Lions is that Patricia was considered a brilliant defensive mind and tactician in New England, and he just can’t get the defense right in Detroit."

With higher expectations placed on this season, the selection of cornerback Jeff Okudah with the No. 3 overall pick has become that much more difficult to comprehend. 

By all accounts, defensive backs require time to develop, and based on Okudah's lackluster debut, Detroit should not expect significant contributions this season from the ex-Buckeyes defensive back. 

If the win-now mandate delivered by ownership was indeed serious, selecting a developmental player that high in the draft makes little to no sense.

A report surfaced Monday that during April's NFL Draft, general manager Bob Quinn selected Okudah despite Patricia and other members of the staff wanting to select another player.

"Obviously, we usually don’t talk about any of that stuff," Patricia responded when asked Monday about the report. "We like to keep that stuff internal. But, since that is so blatantly not even close to true, I would like just to make sure that, that is not a true statement at all."

It is not like defensive tackle Derrick Brown or linebacker Isaiah Simmons has lit the world on fire, either. 

But, you can look to other cornerbacks selected after Okudah and see more productivity at this point in the season. 

The Jaguars' CJ Henderson, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2020 draft, earned the best Pro Football Focus grade for any starting corner in Week 1 of the season.  

Atlanta's AJ Terrell, the No. 16 overall pick this past April, was the highest-rated Falcons defender in Week 2.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs' L’Jarius Sneed, the No. 138 overall pick in this year's draft, leads the league in interceptions.

Okudah was the worst-rated defender on the Lions in Week 2, and now ranks 98th out of 99 qualifying players at the cornerback position.

Do you think Detroit should have drafted a quarterback, a defensive lineman or a different defensive back with the third overall pick in this year's draft?

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Comments (22)
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3 tripod3
3 tripod3

Trust me Okuda will light it up he wasn’t that bad he’s just not being coached , this whole thing in Detroit is a mess Patricia better be gone by the bye week .......Patricia doesn’t no how to interact either his team, Hello goodbye to Diggs Slay Golden Tate now possibly Marvin Jones , making stupid comments to players ......Patricia has no respect from players you can’t lead men with fear they will turn on you like the lions have on Patricia, watch no more victories they will get him fired 🙏💥David from Detroit 😂

Christopher Wolf
Christopher Wolf

Should have selected Greedy Williams instead of Jahlani Tavai last year. Then after trading Darius Slay for Jaylen Ramsey we could have addressed our pass rush or signed JaDeveon Clowney and Leornard Fournette regardless of the cost. They need to hire my as GM.

Christopher Wolf
Christopher Wolf

Should have selected Greedy Williams last year instead of Jahlani Tavai in the second round last year.

Andria m
Andria m

I think he will be ok in a couple of years. I agree with those that say he was a luxury pick

Jmurdock
Jmurdock

It's not a question of Okudah being the correct pick.. He's a solid player with above average talent... The question is why the Lions have not bolstered the D-line.. Okudah had a seriously talented D-line at Ohio State that allows Okudah to play his game.. Bad D-line no pass rush will make any CB go from gr8 to not so good.
Fix the D-line and you will also fix the secondary.
Bad coaching and bad choice not fixing the D-line. ..

Da Ti
Da Ti

Lions could put five extra defensive backs on the field and all would look bad because there is no pass rush. Opposing coaches do not have to defend against blitzes and QB's have way too much time. This isn't rocket science, right MP?

Lions4Ever
Lions4Ever

I’m still patient with Okudah but he needs to show growth this week

RALionsFan
RALionsFan

I think it’s not fair to say he is a bust, but I agree in a win-now season a cornerback was not the best choice

MelloFan
MelloFan

I was hoping Detroit would select a quarterback this year’s draft so I was a little disappointed. In regards to Okudah, it’s too early to criticize him. Sunday was his first pro game (with no preseason) against a very talented receiver. He needs proper training and experience. The Lions should hire a top-grade mentor such as Rod or Charles Woodson to teach him pro techniques. The current coaching staff appears to lack the depth of expertise, which could hurt him in the long run.

SpartanSports
SpartanSports

Absolutely unequivocally YES


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