Lions’ fans will be hoping another Ohio State star falls into their collective laps with the third overall selection, that being defensive end Chase Young. But, at this point, it seems like a foregone conclusion that the Washington Redskins will land the draft’s top pass rusher.
With Young off the board, the Lions will look to address a projected need at cornerback. If Detroit opts to part ways with three-time Pro Bowl corner Darius Slay this offseason, the Buckeye’s Jeffrey Okudah is a no-brainer selection here.
Detroit has a promising young secondary with high-priced free-agent addition Justin Coleman and late-round rookie sensation Amani Oruwariye cemented at cornerback. The Lions could opt to re-sign Rashaan Melvin if they’re looking to keep some experience at the position.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Okudah figures to be the top cornerback prospect in the entire draft, recording 34 total tackles, nine pass defends, three interceptions, and one forced fumble in 13 games for Ohio State.
Okudah would essentially be a replacement for Slay in Detroit, although fans may need to be patient before seeing a return on this high investment as the cornerback position is notorious for needing extra time to acclimate to the speed of the NFL.