Former top-three pick reveals why he has agreed terms with Houston Texans…

A seasoned cornerback, Jeff Okudah, who was originally a top-three pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has secured a new contract with the Houston Texans. Okudah, who spent the 2023 season with the Atlanta Falcons after previously playing for the Detroit Lions, is aiming to revitalize his career with his new team.

Okudah’s stint with the Falcons, acquired via a trade involving a fifth-round pick, didn’t yield the desired results, with the cornerback enduring another challenging season. Despite appearing in 13 games and making nine starts, Okudah’s performance was rated at 50.5 by Pro Football Focus, placing him 114th out of 127 eligible players. He allowed an average of 15.4 yards per reception and a passer rating of 92.9 when targeted.

Originally drafted by the Detroit Lions, Okudah faced difficulties during his rookie year, which coincided with the final stretch of the Matt Patricia Era. Despite starting in six of the nine games he appeared in, Okudah concluded his debut season with a PFF grade of 42.5, conceding an average of 15.2 yards per reception and a passer rating of 112 when targeted.

Injuries added to Okudah’s challenges, particularly an Achilles injury suffered in Week 1 of one season, limiting him to just 48 snaps for the entire campaign, where he managed four tackles and one pass defended.

Returning to full health, Okudah completed a full season, starting in 15 games and contributing with seven passes defended, 73 tackles, and one interception.

Throughout his career since signing his rookie contract, Okudah has participated in 38 games, making 31 starts. His on-field contributions include two interceptions, 168 tackles, seven tackles-for-loss, and one forced fumble.

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