LOOK: LeBron James’ message to OSU’s Jeff Okudah ahead of draft – All You Need to Know

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Ohio State defensive back Jeff Okudah plays against Florida Atlantic in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Only hours stay until the 2020 NFL Draft gets in progress, and Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah is among the cautious possibilities anticipated to go right off the bat in the first round. As Okudah trusts that his pivotal turning point will show up, the champion from the Buckeyes secondary has effectively an early congrats from one noticeable expert competitor.

Los Angeles Lakers star and Ohio native LeBron James, in a tweet, sent his all the best to Okudah on Thursday evening after the cornerback communicated energy from his own record over draft day at last showing up. By all signs, the NBA star was similarly eager to see Okudah’s “fantasies work out today” as the games world enters the last commencement to the draft.

“I’m saying CONGRATULATIONS right now lil’ bro!!” James wrote in a tweet. “Whoever drafts you is getting a straight-up DOG, but more importantly a great young man!”

The No. 1 cornerback and No. 8 generally speaking player in the 2017 247Sports Composite, Okudah has a solid opportunity to better that No. 8 spot when groups begin picking in the first round. While runs on quarterbacks or hostile linemen might push him down the board somewhat, some venture him going in the best five choices.

It’s a spot he earned by developing as perhaps the best player on a stacked Ohio State safeguard that likewise incorporates seemingly the draft’s best by and large player in protective end Chase Young. Okudah played in each game as a genuine green bean and transformed himself into a consistent All-American as a lesser, making 34 handles and taking out three passes.

As a lesser in 2019, Okudah had three block attempts, nine pass separations and 34 handles for the Buckeyes. He was one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award, given to the best cautious back in school football. He was likewise a consistent first-group All-Big Ten determination.

As a sophomore in 2018, Okudah had eight pass separations, 32 handles and a mishandle recuperation. During his actual first year recruit season in 2017, Okudah had 17 handles, one PBU and one bungle recuperation.

Okudah hopes to turn into the most recent in a progression of Ohio State cornerbacks to go in the main 10 of the Draft. The previous quite a long while, nonetheless, have seen blended outcomes for ex-Buckeye cornerbacks.

Denzel Ward (No. 4 by and large, 2018) was a reverberating accomplishment for the Cleveland Browns, as he made the Pro Bowl in his newbie season and is the Browns’ top cautious back. Marshon Lattimore, who was drafted the year prior to (No. 11 by and large), is a double cross Pro Bowler for the New Orleans Saints and was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2017.

The equivalent couldn’t be said for Eli Apple (No. 10 by and large, 2016) – Apple neglected to work out for the New York Giants, and was exchanged to the New Orleans Saints halfway through his third season. Apple’s fifth-year choice was not gotten by New Orleans, and he is set to turn into an unhindered free specialist.

The 2020 NFL Draft runs Thursday through Saturday and is being held in a virtual arrangement.


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