Jeffrey Odukah, cornerback, Ohio State
Ohio State watched as two key cornerbacks — Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore — left for the NFL this winter. Their departures leave the door wide open for young players to step up and contribute. Don’t be surprised if Odukah seizes this opportunity with both hands and earns a starting job in 2017 as a true freshman.
A five-star recruit out of Grand Prairie in Texas, Odukah played safety and receiver during high school. But he’s aiming for one of the starting cornerback spots.
“That’s my intention,” Okudah said on National Signing Day (h/t Landof10.com). “I know a spot’s open. It’s just all-out competition. I know the best two corners will get out on the field.”
At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Odukah has the length to be troublesome against even the biggest receivers. He’s also fast enough and strong enough to be a problem from the line of scrimmage to the back of the end zone.
Whether it’s on the corner, in the slot or as a safety, Odukah is going to be an impact player this year for the Buckeyes. Additionally, he has the potential to add value as a return man, given his experience on offense.