When you look at the 2020 NFL Draft there seems to be a handful of prospects that people seem to include in the “can’t miss” versions of prospects.
One that is included in that is Jeff Okudah of Ohio State.
Some left the 2020 NFL Combine a bit disappointed with Okudah’s workout.
However, when you crunch the numbers and really dig into the tape Okudah getting the label of can’t miss is not only fair, it’s largely earned.
Okudah measured out at 6-1 205lbs, giving him more than adequate size for the position.
While Okudah’s 4.48 forty was a bit off of the low 4.4 high 4.3 projections, it was more than enough.
Yet, it’s the explosiveness of Okudah that makes him a special player, with huge jump numbers.
That, with Okudah’s rugged style of play puts his high end comp on the Aqib Talib/Charles “Peanut” Tillman spectrum.
Tillman was a two time Pro Bowl cornerback and made an All Pro team in his 13-year NFL career.
Meanwhile Talib is a five time Pro Bowl corner who has also made one All Pro team.
When you get to the low end of the spectrum with Okudah, his comps are what make him “can’t miss”. Like we talked about with Jonathan Taylor and Tristan Wirfs, the combine number, statistical production and game grades when put into the mix give you a low end comp of a long term NFL starter.
For Okudah, that low end is Will Blackmon, a 10-year NFL veteran.
While you want to have the success of All Pro’s, getting long-term NFL starters is important as well.
When you talk about a pick being “safe” that’s what you get, a spectrum where there should not be the change of a guy out of the league in 3-4 years. Okudah has that, and the look of someone who can be special.