Lions name Jeff Okudah a starting cornerback

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Cornerback Jeff Okudah‘s first two seasons with the Lions haven’t gone as hoped, but he’ll have a prime chance to turn that around this year.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell said after Sunday’s preseason finale that Okudah has earned a starting cornerback job opposite Amani Oruwariye. Okudah had been listed behind Will Harris on the team’s initial depth chart this summer.

“Love where Jeff is going, love how he did step up to the challenge,” Campbell said, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com. “He answered the bell. He wasn’t afraid of the competition, and he went after it and I would say he’s earned him a spot.”

Okudah was the third overall pick of the 2020 draft, but a groin injury and torn Achilles meant he ended his first two seasons on injured reserve. The hope in Detroit is that he’ll be on the field and more productive this time around.

4 responses to “Lions name Jeff Okudah a starting cornerback

  1. Okudah really had very little opportunity to live up to the #3 pick, however, he did play pretty well yesterday. He was willing to make tackles, which was a common knock coming out of college, and had a PBU and good coverage when thrown at early in the game.

    He doesn’t have to be a superstar, but CB as been a position void of talent since Slay was traded. If he can be league average, he would be a huge improvement over what they have trotted out there the past few years. Oruwariye isn’t exactly lock down, but he’s a decent corner on the other side. Okudah provides similar value and Romeo Okwara healthy, along with the young DL can provide a pass rush improvement, and this unit could be league average… which would be the first time since 2015…

    I am not a believer in this team coming out of nowhere and making the playoffs, but this is clearly a much improved team from last year that should provide a lot of entertaining football this season.

  2. Okudah was outstanding yesterday against the one’s of Pittsburgh. Hell, even though that was a preseason game, it was probably his best game as a pro. IF he can produce like that, through this season AND stay healthy, well, he may finally merit that #3 pick designation.

  3. “The Lions still need more help on D.”

    Yeah, I think we all agree there. Especially at LB. At a minimum a 2nd round pick needs to be spent on an MLB this offseason. The rest of the front 7 could use some talent also, but MLB is a huge liability.

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