Lions deal away their past third-overall pick Falcons sign Jeff Okudah. Kevin Conner of Universal Sports & Entertainment Management has confirmed that cornerback Jeff Okudah will be moved from the Detroit Lions to the Atlanta Falcons. Okudah’s previous team was the Detroit Lions. The agency represents Okudah in these matters.
A source told Adam Schefter that the Falcons would compensate the Lions with a draught pick in the fifth round of this year’s draught. This information was provided to Adam Schefter by the source.
As a result of this move, Okudah, a young cornerback who came out of Ohio University and was taken third overall in the NFL draught in 2020, will have a fresh start. Okudah was selected after coming out of Ohio State.
As a result of various ailments, Okudah could only participate in ten games throughout his first two seasons as a professional. On the other hand, while playing for the Lions in 2022, he started 15 games and turned up some of his best performances early in the season. The year 2022 was his finest year ever in terms of the number of tackles and passes he deflected, and he also scored his first interception return for a touchdown in his career during that year.
The Lions improved their cornerback group by adding free agents Cam Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley during the offseason of this past football season. The fact that both players are anticipated to contend for a starting berth made it much simpler for the team to decide to release Okudah from his contract.
By bringing Okudah aboard during the summer, the Atlanta Falcons have significantly improved their defensive unit. The squad made waves earlier in the summer when it signed defensive lineman Calais Campbell, David Onyemata, and linebacker Kaden Elliss. Safety Jessie Bates III was also a team member that made headlines. The Falcons have recently added Okudah as a new defensive member to their roster.
Casey Hayward and Okudah will battle against one another for the job of No. 2 cornerback opposite of A.J. Terrell, who was the cornerback taken after Okudah in the 2020 draught. Casey Hayward and Okudah will compete for the position. After Casey Hayward, Okudah was the next cornerback to be selected in the draught.