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Lions First Round Cornerback Jeff Okudah Is Unlikely to Start, But Bears Second Round CB Jaylon Johnson Is (Just Sayin…)

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Hope springs eternal for football fans and analysts alike. This is a time to be optimistic for most fan bases. Gas up your favorite players and teams. Talk that talk. Egg on your rivals. Let it roll.

And then there’s the Detroit Lions, whose first-round pick should be getting all sorts of hype. But instead, is all sorts of questionable right now:

Jeff Okudah was the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. By many accounts, he was college football’s best cornerback. And thus, the top-ranked cornerback prospect in the draft. Playing cornerback in the NFL is hard. Doing so as a rookie is a challenge that many don’t conquer. Some aren’t even given much of an opportunity because of the learning curve. But there’s an expectation that a player with Okudah’s skills and prospect pedigree should be cracking the lineup of what was one of football’s worst secondaries last year. Instead, it sounds like Okudah will start the year on the bench until the team carves out a role for him. Yikes.

Meanwhile, Jaylon Johnson — the 50th overall pick and seventh corner taken in the 2020 draft — is set to start opposite of Kyle Fuller in Week 1. Go figure.



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.