PROS: Exceptional man coverage skill set; has lightning quick feet, oily hips and overall athleticism to mirror the twitchiest of receivers. His body control is outstanding and when combined with the aforementioned traits, it leads to rapid transitions and smooth pattern matching. Willing to crowd routes early, leverage the release and make the receiver’s route difficult. Outstanding recovery speed which helps him overcome some calculated guesses. Ball skills developed nicely in 2019 and he showcased the ability to locate the football and make aggressive plays on it. Aggressively plays through the receivers hands and keeps raking at the football. Emerged in 2019 as more of a physical presence, willing to play through contact and tackle. Ohio State’s defense features a variety of coverage techniques that will help Okudah adjust to the next level. Won't have any matchup limitations.
CONS: He’s an elite athlete and he knows it, sometimes getting sloppy with technique and eye discipline. Those tendencies can get him in trouble in the NFL. Would like to see him get his hands more engaged in press coverage to jam and re-route more consistently. Still has some drag down tackler tendencies on occasion. Still room for upward growth in zone coverage spacing.
BEST TRAIT - Man Coverage
WORST TRAIT - Trusting Technique
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - Jalen Ramsey
Jeffrey Okudah is an early first round talent with the upside to become one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He features an elite man coverage skill set both in terms of physical gifts and how he applies them to mirror routes. There is room for improvement in both zone and press coverage but overall, he’s a scheme-versatile defender. Additionally, Okudah showcases the physicality and ball skills that make him a complete package.