The Detroit Lions traded cornerback Jeff Okudah to the Atlanta Falcons for a fifth-round pick later this month.
Okudah was the third pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and was heralded as the best cornerback in that draft class.
The Ohio State Buckeye star was selected after Joe Burrow and Chase Young, but hasn’t lived up to his draft stock.
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He played in just 10 games in his first two seasons: nine in his rookie year and one in 2021 after tearing his Achilles tendon in the season opener.
Okudah started 15 games last season and carried his lone interception into the end zone for a pick-six. He made 73 tackles, 59 of them solo, and defended seven passes while forcing a fumble.
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The Lions bolstered their defense via free agency earlier this offseason, acquiring cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley and Cameron Sutton and safety CJ Gardner-Johnson.
Okudah now joins fellow 2020 first-round pick AJ Terrell, whom the Falcons drafted 16th overall. The Falcons also signed Jessie Bates III earlier this offseason.
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With Okudah entering his fourth year, the Falcons have until May to decide if they want to earn their fifth-year option for the 2024 season.