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  Months before Jeff Okudah's breakout junior season at Ohio State, a film session convened with Jeff Hafley. It was January 2019 when the pair met to review the previous season's games. Hafley, who had just been hired as the Buckeyes' defensive co-coordinator and secondary coach, selected cut-ups from each time a quarterback threw a pass to a receiver covered by Okudah. For an hour, they went over every target. "That's the first coach who had ever done that for me," Okudah said. Hafley spoke with confidence as he provided feedback. A former defensive backs coach in the NFL, he had tutored All-Pro cornerbacks that included Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman. He told Okudah he'd improve.

The Ohio State cornerback believed him. "I just listened to him talk," Okudah said last fall, recalling their first meeting. "When you play football long enough, you're around guys where you know if they know what they're talking about. I knew after that conversation that he knew exactly what he was talking about." Okudah ultimately shined as a junior, paving the way for him to become one of the top selections in the NFL draft, which is scheduled to begin with the first round Thursday. Some observers forecast him to be picked as high as third overall by the Detroit Lions. - Columbus Dispatch


(DS#1 CB) Jr/2020 CB *Jeffrey OkudahOhio State
News Source: Columbus Dispatch


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