LA Chargers composite big board: 2. Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State
- Total points: 28
Narrowly edging out Isaiah Simmons on our composite big board is cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who has the same talent-level entering the draft as Simmons but definitely fills a much bigger need.
While the secondary is stout with Casey Hayward and new signing Chris Harris, the team still needs someone who could consistently line up outside as it appears that Harris will be playing more in the slot than he will out wide.
Okudah would be just that. He is the best cornerback prospect in a draft that is filled with plenty of talented cornerbacks and is undoubtedly going to be a multiple-time Pro Bowler in his career. Opposite of Casey Hayward, Okudah could give the Chargers the best secondary in the entire league.
It is also important to remember that neither Hayward or Harris or getting any younger and while he is still talented, Hayward has been showing some signs of decline. The Chargers would be getting someone that not only helps the defense now but can be slated to be the team’s long-term CB1.
Okudah did not get a first-place vote like Simmons but he was ranked second on four of the six mock drafts, coming in third in the other two.