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Washington Redskins 2020 Draft Profiles: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State

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Hogs Haven takes a look at prospects heading into the 2020 NFL Draft

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Jeffrey Okudah

Position: Cornerback

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 200 lbs.

College: Ohio State

Strengths:

Okudah has high-end quickness and is a skilled pass defender with great instincts. With impressive technique, he consistently stays with receivers and dares opposing quarterbacks to throw his way. He has succeeded in man coverage at Ohio State against some of the nation’s better receivers and has speed to make up for when he occasionally guesses incorrectly on a route. He has good measurables for a cornerback, and his draft stock will be contingent on a solid 40 time.


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Weaknesses:

The Ohio State product could stand to be more physical at the beginning of routes. He may struggle against larger and more physical NFL receivers if his hand play doesn’t improve. Also, it stands to reason that Okudah hasn’t racked up a ton of stats given that quarterbacks often avoid throwing to the man he’s covering, but his number of passes defended (7) and interceptions (3) don’t make him a stand-out, and his ball skills also could be better.

Why he may fit with Washington:

In 2019, the Redskins ranked 18th in terms of pass defense, as Washington allowed 238.9 yards per game through the air. Therefore, cornerback may not be a screaming need at the top of the draft, but if the Redskins were to trade back a few spots, they could do far worse than Okudah, who looks the part of a top-tier cornerback if he can improve his hand play and ball skills.

Bottom Line:

Jeff Okudah has made a name for himself on a dominant Ohio State team as one of the best cornerbacks in the nation, and he has all the tools to be one of the top players at his position at the next level in the near future.

Projected Round: Early 1st