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Falcons acquire cornerback Jeff Okudah in Lions trade

Ohio State product spent the last three seasons in Detroit after being selected No. 3 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Falcons have traded a 2023 fifth-round draft pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for cornerback Jeff Okudah, the organization announced on Thursday.

ESPN's Field Yates was first to report the trade on Tuesday, citing Okudah's agent as the source of information.


Okudah was originally drafted third overall by the Lions in the 2020 NFL Draft. Over the last three seasons in Detroit, Okudah has played in 25 games totaling 124 tackles (103 solo), two interceptions, six tackles for loss, one forced fumble, 10 pass deflections and one touchdown, per Pro Football Reference. His best season came in 2022 after having 73 total tackles, one forced fumble, one interception, two tackles for loss and one touchdown.


Okudah joins a Falcons cornerback room with the likes of former second-team All-Pro A.J. Terrell, plus Casey Hayward, Mike Hughes, Cornell Armstrong, Dee Alford and Darren Hall. Hughes, who played with the Lions in 2022, reunites with Okudah in the Falcons secondary.

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