It’s not that Ohio State wasn’t regularly producing NFL Prospects before, but when Urban Meyer took over the Buckeyes began churning out prospects better than any other school (even Alabama). At cornerback the Buckeyes have been strong too as Marshon Lattimore went 11th in the 2017 NFL Draft and Denzel Ward was just taken 5th overall in 2018. Kendall Sheffield was taken in the 4th round this past year. At 6’1 200lbs Okudah has the same body type as both Lattimore and Ward along with their explosiveness. Here we’ll look Jeffrey Okudah’s traits as he becomes NFL Draft eligible and whether he could follow in their footsteps and be another first round corner.
What Jeffrey Okudah Does Well
When you watch Jeffrey Okudah the first thing that jumps out is his explosive movement skills. Playing mainly out of press man coverage Okudah lines up right on the line of scrimmage and is able to use his quick twitch ability to stay on top of the receiver waiting for them to commit to their route and then quickly flip his hips and then run. Even playing off the receiver Okudah is able to make quick changes of direction to react to the receivers route. From there Okudah has explosive speed that gives him a chance to run with both receivers and tight ends down the field.
Concerns about Jeffrey Okudah
Blessed with explosive movement traits that really benefits Okudah and sets himself up for success in the NFL. But as those physical traits allow him to win at the college level he still lacks some refinement that could cause him to struggle initially in the NFL. Okudah relies too much on being able to out athlete the receiver and could stand to clean up his technique.
Jeffrey Okudah NFL Draft Outlook
There is a lot to like with Jeffrey Okudah and the talented cornerback has all the makings of not only a first rounder but potentially a top 10 pick. When you combine Okudah’s speed and change direction ability along with favorable instincts and the willingness to get physical with receivers and in the run game and you would have to believe NFL teams will be salivating over him. If Okudah is able to refine some of his technique but he has the same traits and look of Marshon Lattimore who thrived as a rookie in the NFL. A good year for Okudah could very likely push him onto the national radar and the top of the cornerback draft boards.