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  Ohio State played man-to-man coverage almost exclusively. A long line of corners made that scheme pay off on their way to becoming NFL first-round draft picks. But the Buckeyes' cornerbacks didn't play up to that standard last year, and that contributed to the defense's well-documented woes. Damon Arnette and Jeff Okudah have heard about it for months. "Redemption," Okudah answered when asked about the cornerbacks' mindset as training began on Friday. "Right now, I feel like our backs are against the wall."

Okudah was solid last season as a sophomore and had a stellar Rose Bowl against Washington. A five-star recruit from Texas blessed with size, speed and instincts, Okudah is regarded as a likely first-round pick next spring if he enters the NFL draft. But Okudah still doesn't have an interception in his career and hasn't made as many impact plays as he'd like. He said someone recently compared his first two seasons to those of Denzel Ward, who had a brilliant junior season before the Browns made him the fourth pick of the 2018 draft. Okudah wants to make a similar progression. "Now it's about taking that last step, and that's staying consistent every single time and just becoming a lockdown cornerback," he said. - Columbus Dispatch

(DS#1 CB) Jr/2020 CB *Jeffrey OkudahOhio State
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