Niyo: Lions rookie CB Jeff Okudah making steady strides into pro realm

John Niyo
The Detroit News

The veterans are happy to give, sure. But they aren't shy about taking, either.

And for NFL rookies — even highly touted ones like Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah — that’s a lesson that gets learned quickly in training camp.

Okudah, the No. 3 overall pick in April, got his first extended look with the Lions’ first-unit defense Friday in Allen Park, with starter Desmond Trufant sitting out team drills. The rookie out of Ohio State certainly took advantage of the opportunity, too, getting plenty of reps against the likes of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones while flashing some of the athletic traits that made him the consensus top corner in this year’s draft.