Assessing Redskins first-round options: Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah
By Ian Cummings
How Jeffrey Okudah fits the Redskins
Much like his team mate Chase Young, Jeffrey Okudah’s fit with the Redskins is obvious. In fact, it’s more obvious for Okudah, who fits perfectly into a dire position of need.
The Redskins have Quinton Dunbar at cornerback, who’s coming off a career season, and has proven that he can be a defensive asset when healthy. That said, the rest of the position is mired in uncertainty. Fabian Moreau flashed in 2019, but failed to attain consistency once again, and behind him and Dunbar, no players demand starting confidence just yet.
The Redskins new 4-3 scheme under Jack Del Rio is designed to generate natural pressure from four-man rushes, thus allowing coverages to be more versatile. Okudah fits well there, in the sense that he has a skill set which can fulfill a multitude of roles in coverage. He’s especially exciting in man, but with the right coaching, he can become a well-rounded, blue-chip cornerback.
For the Redskins, the idea of having Okudah opposite Dunbar on defense is electrifying. But it comes with the opportunity cost of the No. 2 pick, and all the other possibilities it may contain. Should Okudah be the pick at No. 2, or is he only a distant alternative?