The Detroit Lions traded away their former third overall pick Tuesday, sending cornerback Jeff Okudah to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a fifth-round pick. The move came a little bit as a surprise, but not entirely out of left field. Okudah was selected under the previous regime, and the Lions brought in several defensive backs such as Cameron Sutton, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, and Emmanuel Moseley via free agency. He had struggled to develop due to several injury-shortened offseasons, and ultimately it was time for a fresh start.
Question of the day: Do you approve of the Jeff Okudah trade?
My answer: There are two components to this. On the one hand, there’s the principle of trading Okudah. I don’t think I would have pulled the plug if I were in the Lions front office, but I understand the decision to do so. After as much turmoil as Okudah has faced, a fresh start may just be what he needs. That decision was fine by me.
The other part is the compensation. I don’t think you realistically could have asked for more than a day three pick, all things considered. Since being drafted third overall, Okudah has struggled mightily, as well as suffered a torn achilles, something that can ruin careers, let alone deplete trade value. Okudah’s stock is low, having finished the season with being benched. When you sell low, you don’t get a great return.
Personally, I don’t like the compensation. I don’t think the Lions could have gotten much more than they did, but for a fifth-round pick, I think I would have rather kicked the tires on letting Okudah see a full offseason and see if one more year works out for him. Ultimately, I understand the flipside of it. A fifth-round pick can easily be a solid rotational or special teams contributor. To me, however, kicking the tires on Okudah one last time is probably better than most of your long-term prospects at defensive back in the fifth round.
I’m not mad about it, though. Ultimately, it was a fair trade, and probably more than most teams could have scored given where Okudah is currently at.
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Do you approve of the Jeff Okudah trade?
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