What is up with the Lions?


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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 13: Jeff Okudah #1 of the Detroit Lions and Kerby Joseph #31 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after Okudah’s interception return for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 13, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

As most Detroit Lions fans know, an absurd situation has occurred in the past few days. The Detroit Lions have traded their 2020 third-overall draft pick Jeff Okudah, to the Atlanta Falcons for a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft. Saying that out loud does not feel right at all!

The team just gave away a first-round pick in exchange for a fifth-round pick. They will also be missing some key players from last year’s roster such as Jamaal Williams, who has signed with the New Orleans Saints. The news that the Lions had let Jamaal Williams slip through their fingers was the worst news I thought we could possibly hear from the organization, until recently.

Many people were very unimpressed with Jeff Okudah’s performance last season. While he may have only had one interception this past season, he is still a young player so much potential. He has been very injury prone for his first three seasons in the NFL, which does not help his case for staying on the team. However, while he may not have been playing at the level of proficiency that the team thought he would be playing at as a first-round pick, there is no justifiable reason for the Lions to have traded him for a measly fifth-round pick.

Luckily, the Lions have picked up many players this offseason including former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cam Sutton. I will admit that I would rather have Cam Sutton on the team than Jeff Okudah, but that does not mean I would not love having both of them on the team. For some reason, the Lions are comfortable with having Sutton play alongside players such as Emmanuel Moseley. It makes no sense! Jeff Okudah is a good cornerback, and the worst part about this entire fiasco is not the fact that we are getting rid of Jeff Okudah, but rather it is that we are giving him away for nothing!

I have no clue what the Lions organization thinks it can possibly attain from a fifth-round pick that would even end up having equal value to Okudah, let alone more value. Jeff Okudah is worth at the minimum a third-round draft pick, and I am being generous in that analysis. If I was the team manager, I would not let him go for anything less than a second-round pick. I know for a fact that no team would be willing to take him in for that cost, so it would be the perfect opportunity to continue developing him as a player. As I said before, he has great potential, but the Lions need to be patient enough to see it. In the end.

I still hold strong on the Lions making it to the Super Bowl this year and winning it. The team is stronger than it has ever been, but if the front office wants to keep it that way, then we need to stop giving away our players for nothing valuable in return.