The New York Jets traded their 1st round pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for running back Le’Veon Bell. The trade left a lot of people confused, including pundits on ESPN and Sports Center who don’t understand why the Jets would give up such an asset so soon into free agency. This is only one example of how trades are complicated even when they seem simple as there’s always more than meets the eye
The “jet’s pizza” is hypothetical trade that would send the first round pick of the Jets to the Browns. The Jets would receive a second and third rounder in return.
Jeff Okudah, a cornerback for the Detroit Lions, works out before an NFL game.
When it comes to sending guys go, New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas has done an outstanding job.
During his tenure, he hasn’t felt secure enough to pull off a blockbuster deal to acquire big-name players.
Those winds, according to one insider, may be shifting sooner rather than later.
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Is There a Huge Trade Coming?
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On the Flight Deck podcast, ESPN’s Rich Cimini was questioned about the possibility of the Jets making a “big move this offseason”:
“Joe Douglas has never made a deal like that for Stefon Diggs. All of his dealings, and he’s done a lot of them, include the transfer of assets. A blockbuster transaction like that is more likely to happen in 2023, in my opinion. This playoff/championship window, according to Douglas, will begin in 2023.”
“There’s always the potential they’ll alter their minds if they see something very appealing,” Cimini remarked.
He then theorized that Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah may be a good fit:
“One guy that springs to mind is Okudah in Detroit, who is a terrific player but may have outstayed his welcome elsewhere. A former first-round draft prospect who hasn’t done much but is still a great player. The Jets clearly have a need at this position. Maybe they’d make that type of deal if a player of that level were available.”
In the 2022 NFL Draft, Gang Green holds two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a third-round pick, a pair of fourth-round picks, and a pair of fifth-round picks. In other words, Douglas has the resources to execute a risky deal if he sees appropriate.
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Jeff Okudah, a 2020 NFL Draft candidate, is a complete cornerback at Ohio State | Ohio State Highlights Take a look at the highlights of Jeff Okudah’s time as a cornerback for the Ohio State Buckeyes in college. In the 2020 NFL Draft, Okudah is expected to be a first-round choice. Top #NFL Draft Prospects for 2020: Highlights from QB Joe Burrow: youtu.be/zto8fX5fdA4 WR Henry Ruggs highlights: youtu.be/dDyRPlVT2uc QB Tua Tagovailoa highlights: youtu.be/dDyRPlVT2uc 2020-03-11T07:00:06Z
Okudah was the third overall selection in the NFL draft in 2020, coming out of Ohio State.
Due to a number of ailments, the 22-year-old has only appeared in 10 games in the last two years: hamstring, core muscle surgery, and most recently, a ruptured Achilles tendon in the season opener that forced him to miss the rest of the season.
Okudah’s rookie contract has two years remaining on it, plus a fifth-year option for 2024.
Okudah was grandfathered in by the current Lions management, which includes the head coach and general manager. With all of the assets the Jets have, this may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for the young guy.
Gang Green’s backside defense is in serious need of an improvement, and Okudah still has all the potential in the world to be the lockdown corner at this level.
While he has had to deal with some major physical issues, he is not far off from his days at Ohio State, when he was dominating the collegiate football scene.
In his pre-draft assessment, NFL analyst Lance Zierlein wasn’t shy to voice his expectations for Okudah:
- With blue-chip physical characteristics, he’s a dream prospect.
- He has a 7.15 prospect rating, putting him in the category of “perennial All-Pro.”
- Dedicated to success and self-motivated
It’s worth mentioning that the Jacksonville Jaguars traded their top cornerback, who picked No. 9 overall in the same 2020 NFL draft, to the Carolina Panthers earlier this year.
In exchange for CJ Henderson and a 2022 fifth-rounder, the Panthers traded tight end Dan Arnold and a 2022 third-rounder.
The cornerback position is one that would make a lot of sense if the Jets were to execute a big move.
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