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OKUDAH MATTATA

By Marc Lawrence — According to Pro Football Focus the cornerbacks who make up the top tier in the 2020 NFL Draft is not a long list: Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah. A one-year starter at Ohio State, Okudah lined up at left cornerback in defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley’s press-heavy scheme, seeing extensive reps on an island in Cover-1. The Buckeyes have been a cornerback factory when it comes to producing NFL-level players, but none of them were unanimous All-Americans like Okudah, who led the team in passes defended and interceptions in 2019. The former Buckeyes player sits atop the mountain by himself and has a great chance to be the second defender drafted (after his former teammate Chase Young), possibly as early as the top three picks. The second tier is a crowded, diverse group of cornerbacks. For more on these varied cornerbacks click here.
NBA Trend Of the Day
From this week’s NBA Day To Day Trends in the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: The Oklahoma City Thunder are 17-1 ATS away since December 1st, including 13-0 ATS the last thirteen games.
Grinding Out The Profits
As reported in the Playbook XFL ALERT Football Newsletter this past week, DC Defenders QB Cardale Jones was 13-0 in his college and professional career as a staring signal caller. That came to a grinding halt when the Defenders fell hard to lowly LA Wildcats, 39-9, as double-digit chalk. Jones was 13-for-26 for 103 yards with zero TDs and 4 INTs and a passer rating of 20.7 – the lowest recorded league by a starting QB this season. It’s back to the drawing board for the Jones and the Defenders this week when they travel to Tampa Bay to take on the winless Vipers.
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