Lions Select Jeff Okudah With No. 3 Pick in NFL Draft

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The Lions selected corner-back Jeff Okudah with the 3rd pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Okudah was born in Grande Prairie, Texas and was a five-star recruit out of South Grand Prairie High School. He committed to Ohio State and recorded stats in nine games as a true freshman in 2017. Gaining big game experience, Okudah helped the Buckeyes win the Cotton Bowl Classic during his first season.

Okudah played 13 games during his sophomore and junior seasons and was part of the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl-winning team in 2018. He won three straight Big Ten Championships with Ohio State and his only “big game” loss was to Clemson in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl CFP Semifinals.

Okudah tested extremely well at the NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash, jumping 41 inches in the vertical and 135 inches in the broad. He offers the perfect balance of size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) and quickness that defensive coordinators dream about for man-to-man coverage. Some analysts compare him to one of the NFL's best shutdown corners, Jalen Ramsey of the Los Angeles Rams.

Here’s why SI’s Kevin Hanson ranked Okudah as the No. 3 overall player on his big board:

Will Okudah be the first cornerback selected with a top-three pick since Seattle took Shawn Springs in 1997? The former Buckeye has all the traits teams covet in a shutdown corner—size, length, fluidity and athleticism—and led the Buckeyes in interceptions (three) and passes defended (12).

2019 stats (Junior; Ohio State): 28 solo tackles, 34 total tackles, 3 INT (13 games)

2018 stats (Sophomore; Ohio State): 24 solo tackles, 32 total tackles (13 games)

2017 stats (Freshman; Ohio State): 12 solo tackles, 17 total tackles (9 games)

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