3 former draft BUSTS the Dallas Cowboys should trade for

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Dallas Cowboys Bust Target No. 2: Jeff Okudah


Picked: Round 1, Pick 3 – 2020 NFL Draft

In what may be one of the most disappointing picks of the last decade, Jeff Okudah comes with some stigma to his name. It’s not often a CB is picked in the top-3 of a draft, and when they are, they better be sure things if not generational talents.

Detroit thought that’s what Jeff Okudah was.

The Ohio State CB entered the NFL a finished product. He could do it all from a technical standpoint and had the measurables to back it up. Considered one of the lowest risk prospects of the draft, Okudah looked like a solid pick in 2020. But he’s been anything but solid.

Two seasons in, Okudah has only played in 10 games (7 starts) as a pro. In those 10 games he has one interception, three pass deflections, given up 703 yards. Completion percentage against is well above 76% and his yards against sit well above 15 yards/completion (one of the highest in NFL).

Even worse, he’s coming off an Achilles injury which is problematic for positions that back-peddle, like CB. So why would Dallas want this guy?

He’s cheap, young, and in desperate need of a fresh start.

Jeff’s inherent flaws weren’t exposed when he became a pro. He just started playing poorly, his confidence wavered, and injures befell him. All of this contributed to where he is now. Would a change of scenery help? Probably not, but maybe, and “maybe” could just be worth it.

Acquiring Okudah won’t break the bank and if given time, in the right settling, under the right leadership, Okudah could develop into a real NFL player. Watching his Ohio State film is hard not to fall in love with this guy.