Lions select Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah in NFL draft

Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah plays against Michigan in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Detroit Lions have selected Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah with the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft.

Detroit went into the opening round desperately needing to help a defense that ranked No. 31 in the league last season.

Lions ownership gave general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia a chance to come back after they lost nine straight and 12 of 13 games to close out a three-win season in 2019.

Quinn and Patricia will have a better chance to keep their jobs if their first-round pick produces as a rookie.

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