|No. 1 – Detroit Lions|
|Born:||February 2, 1999|
Parsippany, New Jersey
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||202 lb (92 kg)|
|High school:||South Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie)|
|College:||Ohio State (2017–2019)|
|NFL Draft:||2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Jeffrey Chidera Okudah (born February 2, 1999) is an American football cornerback for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State, where he was named a unanimous All-American and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2019 before being selected by the Lions third overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Okudah attended South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas. A five-star recruit, he committed to Ohio State University in January 2017.
As a true freshman at Ohio State in 2017, Okudah played in all 14 games and had 17 tackles. As a sophomore in 2018, he played in 13 games, recording 32 tackles. As a junior in 2019, he recorded his first career interception against the Miami Redhawks. As a junior in 2019, Okudah had 34 tackles, 9 passes defensed, and 3 interceptions. For his performance that season, he was unanimously named to the 2019 College Football All-America Team and was also named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Okudah decided to forgo his senior year by declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 1+1⁄8 in
|4.48 s||41 in
|11 ft 3 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Okudah was considered to be the best cornerback prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft, where he was selected third overall by the Detroit Lions. He signed his four-year rookie contract with the team on July 13, 2020. The contract is worth a fully guaranteed $33.528 million, including a $21.944 million signing bonus. He suffered a hamstring injury during training camp and missed the opening season game. He returned in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers, where he allowed six completions for 96 yards. The following week he recorded his first career interception off a pass thrown by Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. Okudah was placed on injured reserve after he underwent surgery to resolve a core muscle injury on December 15, 2020.
During the Lions 2021 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers, Okudah ruptured his Achilles tendon and was placed on injured reserve.