The 2020 NFL Draft is coming up in a couple of days. There has been exciting talks about the top 5 draft picks and something new has come out almost every day questioning where everyone will go. The draft is always an exciting event but something to also look forward too is draft day trades. One that has gained headway is Odell Beckham Jr. There has been several reports saying that he was being shopped and the Browns were listening to offers. The Browns came out and said that these reports had no truth to them. Bleacher Report than came out with reports that Beckham was not a good fit with Mayfield and is fed up with his decline in numbers.
This news was shocking because the Browns were instantly favorites to win the division and Super Bowl contenders. They had, on paper, one of the most explosive offensive QB/RB/WR combo in the league when they traded for OBJ. Obviously they did not live up to the hype and ended up coming in third for the division and missing the playoffs. OBJ frustration rumors have been going on since the season but OBJ has handled the situation very well. He never spoke out about being disappointed and has not caused any distractions.
Another OBJ trade could possibly happen and there are a couple of teams that desperately need a dynamic playmaker outside the lines.
New York Jets
The Jets have several pieces but they desperately needed a playmaker at the receiver position last year. Robby Anderson was a number two receiver playing as the number one for the Jets. He is an explosive player who can blow the top off a defense but is not the guy who can take over a game. OBJ never wanted to leave New York until things turned sour between him and the Giants General Manager, Dave Gettleman. OBJ would probably like the spectacle of returning to New York but playing for the Jets. This would work due to the fact that if Jamal Adams does not reach a contract extension with the Jets, he could very well be on the move as well. The Browns need a safety on the defensive side and why not try to acquire one of the top safeties in the league.
I know that they did this last year with Antonio Brown and it ended horribly, but OBJ has shown he can control his emotions during his stint with the Browns. He would also be a nice piece for whatever quarterback Jay Gruden chooses to draft, unless he decides to go all in on Marcus Mariota. They are rumored to take a receiver from this year’s draft with their first pick, and why not pair him up with one of the best receivers in the league. OBJ has not played very well his last couple of years, whether it was an injury or not a great fit, so the Raiders could possibly get him without giving up a first round pick.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were one completion away from winning the super bowl last year and were waiting for that big play on offense that OBJ could provide. The 49ers lost Emannuel Sanders this off season to the Saints. OBJ would be opposite of the explosive Deebo Samuel and would demand the defense’s best corner or even a double team if he goes back to his old self. He would be playing for one of the best offensive play callers in the game, Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers have shown their run game is good enough to take the pressure off both the quarterback and receivers when needed, and OBJ would help keep eight players out of the box as well. The 49ers have two first round picks this year and could send one of them to the Browns if that’s the asking price for OBJ.
This is one of the least likely landing spots for OBJ due to the fact that the Steelers are rarely in the trade market, and especially since they just traded a 2020 first rounder for Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Steelers were injury prone on offense and relied heavily on their defense last season. The hall of famer, Ben Roethlisberger, was injured for 14 out of the 16 games, James Connor was also injured for the second half of the season. Regardless of the injuries to their starting QB and RB they were still very stagnant on offense. At times they couldn’t pass midfield, or receivers just could not create space. They looked like they missed Antonio Brown. He was not there to draw the defense’s attention every play. Diontae Johnson shown he has the capability to make a play when needed but the Steelers are missing that playmaker who will get open no matter what. OBJ is the guy who could be open even when he’s not. The Steelers seem to finally have figured out the defensive side of the ball but offense needs a little bit of work. This most likely would never happen just due to the Browns being in the same division and the Steelers rather grow through the draft.
Will OBJ actually get traded? It seems that all reports are pointing to no, he will not. Is it fun to speculate? Of course it is. This would be his second trade in two years and he would be out to prove himself if he was traded. There are many teams that can use his talents. Although he may not actually be on the move, he is definitely a name to watch on draft night.