Jeff Okudah | CB | Ohio State
The Lions could certainly use the presence of a first-round cornerback next season. Detroit’s top corner, two-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay, wants a new contract. And he was willing to sit out a portion of the offseason to try and get one.
But Slay will turn 29-years old in less than a month. And the Lions will unlikely want to invest a long term deal on an aging cornerback who so far this season has posted his lowest overall grade (60.2) by Pro Football Focus (PFF) since his rookie season back in 2013.
Enter in another Buckeye to possibly save the day. This time it’s Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah. The lanky 6-foot-1 Okudah appears to have all the physical tools to come in and replace Slay as the Lions’ number one cover corner. Although rookie defensive backs are notorious for needing extra time to acclimate to the speed of the NFL. But, there are always exceptions.
Through 13 games this season, Okudah has recorded 25 total tackles, three interceptions, six pass defends, and a forced fumble for Ohio State. And he figures to be the top cornerback prospect taken in next year’s draft.