Jeff Okudah is considered the top cornerback in the NFL Draft. The Ohio State star is coming off of a pretty spotless season, which is why a question about his "sloppy" play caught him by surprise at a combine press conference.
"Sloppy in what way?" Okudah asked. When the reporter followed up with "penalties and stuff like that," the Buckeye star had a very strong response. "I had zero pass interferences, zero holdings, so... cut the tape on the game, you might see something else."
He managed to be pretty respectful despite being asked a question that didn't make much sense. After the press conference, he had a bit more fun with things on Twitter. In response to a tweet with the video, Okudah jokingly asked "who let the TTUN Coach into the press conference?!" Even with events totally unrelated to Michigan football, when an Ohio State star is involved, Jim Harbaugh may catch a stray.
Unfortunately, he deleted the tweet afterwards. It probably makes sense, ultimately. You never know who you're going to play for. There's a chance that Harbaugh is back in the NFL at some point and Okudah won't want that bridge burned, even if the comment was pretty anodyne. Saturday Tradition has a screenshot of the deleted tweet. Video of the press conference question.
Jeff Okudah measured in at 6-foot-1 and 1/8 inches tall and 205 pounds earlier in the combine. He's expected to perform very well in drills this week, and perform he will.
While other top potential draftees, including his teammate Chase Young, are skipping drills, for Okudah, this week is about fulfilling a lifelong dream. From ESPN:
In a year when some of the biggest names at the NFL scouting combine have decided against working out, players like LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah said he is all-in.
So much so, Okudah has kept the combine workout numbers for Jalen Ramsey and Patrick Peterson posted in his apartment as motivation.
"I think going to the combine has always been a dream,'' Okudah said Friday. "So, just being here is a dream come true and I think you go back and watch all these combine videos, for me, I watched Jalen Ramsey's combine video, Patrick Peterson's combine video, I want someone down the road say, 'I want to watch Jeff Okudah's combine video.'''
Okudah probably can't help himself much in terms of draft stock—he's expected to be the first cornerback off the board, whenever that happens—but it does say something about him that he still wants to compete.
Defensive backs will participate in drills on Sunday. Today, we'll see running backs, linemen, kickers, and special teamers perform. Coverage begins on NFL Network at 4 p.m. ET.