Jeff Okudah

Ohio State

Prospect Info

College
Ohio State
Hometown
Class
Grand Prairie, TX
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 1"
200 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

7.15
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Since 1999, Ohio State has sent 10 cornerbacks to the first round of the NFL Draft (no one else has more than five in that span). Okudah hopes to become the next Buckeye pass defender to join that group. He strengthened his claim during the 2019 season, starting all 14 games and garnering first-team Associated Press All-American, first-team All-Big Ten, and Jim Thorpe Award finalist honors. Okudah led the Buckeyes with three interceptions and nine pass breakups as a junior, also posting 35 tackles and two forced fumbles. Despite not starting a game in 2018, he tied for the team lead in pass breakups with eight while also recording 34 tackles. Okudah enrolled in Columbus a semester early as a five-star recruit and the top cornerback prospect in the country out of Grand Prairie, Texas. He played in all 14 games in 2017 as a true freshman (19 tackles, one pass breakup) but underwent shoulder surgery after the season. Okudah's mother, Marie, passed away in 2017 after a long battle with lymphoma.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Patrick Peterson
Overview
Head coach and general manager's dream prospect with blue-chip physical traits, mental makeup and personal character. He has size, length and foot quickness to road-block press release and elite closing burst to close catch windows or eliminate yards after catch. He has room for improvement with his recognition and balance at the top of the route, but quarterbacks rarely target and beat him over the top. He has a rigid adherence to technique, but squeezing coverage even tighter and trusting his traits, talent and recovery speed could make him one of the top shutdown corners in the game.
Strengths
  • Self-motivated and driven to succeed to honor his late mother
  • Height, weight, length and speed are top-shelf
  • Size to guard bigs and speed to check deep threats
  • Patient from press and rarely tilted by a shifty release
  • Crowds opponent tight to the boundary on outside release
  • Rare, rapid-fire foot quickness and turnover
  • Maintains feel and eliminates safe space on vertical routes
  • Keys receiver's eyes to find the ball with his back to the QB
  • Sharp swipes through the hands tilt 50/50 passes in his favor
  • Cheat-code explosiveness in burst to close
  • Breaks under ball-side hip to harass passing windows
  • Recovery speed and length to take more chances as a pro
  • Rangy from boundary to hash in Cover-3 shuffle
  • Chooses wisely when to strike and when to tackle
  • Willing to unload on running backs who test him
Weaknesses
  • Needs to play with consistently disciplined eyes
  • Some inconsistencies digesting route combinations
  • Uses feet over fluidity to swing his hips open
  • Slight gear-down making lateral transitions from pedal
  • Room for improvement with route anticipation
  • Average instincts and early response from zone
  • Momentum inhibits gather-and-shadow at the top of the route
  • Stays attached to blocks from big wideouts too long
  • Needs to be diligent in contain duties against outside run
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league