College Football Trades We’d Like To See
In sports, trades can make or break a franchise, it happens all the time. Think about the attention and media coverage trade deadlines get in the NBA, NHL and to a lesser extent, the NFL. Think about what the Herschel Walker trade did for the Cowboys or what the Lakers trading for Kobe at the draft did for them. Think about what the Toronto Raptors trading for Kawhi Leonard has done this year. Wouldn’t college football be even more fun if there was a true way to trade players?
Hear me out, I love the concept of the transfer portal. It’s the closest we’ve got to a program’s ability to trade for another player but, that’s not what this article is about. This article is about 3 hypothetical college football trades that I would like to see that can take a team from “also ran” to title contender. Before we get started, there are some simple criteria for these trades. First, the trades cannot take place within the same conference. Across all leagues it is an unwritten rule of sorts that you don’t trade within your division. So, I have decided to carry that over into this hypothetical realm. Second, these are realistic trades. That means no Chase Young being traded to Louisiana Monroe- sorry Warhawk fans. Now that that’s out of the way let’s get started.
Illinois RB Reggie Corbin to LSU
Who is Reggie Corbin, you ask? Reggie Corbin is the draft’s best kept secret. The reason many of you don’t know who he is is because he plays for Illinois. Nothing against the Fighting Illini but, they’re not exactly setting the world on fire. Corbin may just be the best running back in the conference. That’s in spite of the fact he has to run for his life behind the line of scrimmage as soon as the ball is snapped. Illinois’ offensive line last year routinely missed blocking assignments leading to Corbin being tackled for a loss far more often than he should have. Thankfully for Illinois, Corbin is a shapeshifter and could still break off big run after big run.
LSU is a running back factory. Having sent Derrius Guice to the NFL in 2018, Leonard Fournette in 2017, as well as other starting caliber backs in recent years such as Spencer Ware, Jeremy Hill, and many others. Something seemed off about the Tigers last year largely because of the lack of threats out of the backfield. They’re now even further from those days as 2018 leading rusher Nick Brossette is gone. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is in line to be their lead back this year, having had 658 yards at a 4.5 YPC clip last year. Not exactly setting the world on fire with those numbers. Adding Corbin to LSU’s offense would make them a legitimate threat in the SEC West and could see them push for a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Boise State EDGE Curtis Weaver to Utah
As a California Golden Bear fan this hurts me. I tried justifying that this move would help Cal gain momentum and become a player in the conference but, I couldn’t. Put my sadness aside, let’s talk about Curtis Weaver. Weaver is a versatile pass rusher for the Broncos in which he is coming off of a huge year. Oddly enough if you looked up Boise State’s depth chart on Ourlads his position is listed as “STUD”. Don’t believe me? Check for yourself. Awesome, right? So fitting. Weaver is coming off a 9.5 sack season for the Broncos in which he was largely facing double teams and often having to play on the inside despite only being listed at 255. That didn’t stop him from dominating the competition- check out his body bagging of the BYU offensive line for proof of it- and helping the Land of the Smurf Turf to yet another outstanding season.
Utah is in an interesting situation of their own. For the first time since they joined the PAC12, they are loaded with NFL talent, especially on defense. The Utes already have defensive backs Julian Blackmon and Jaylon Johnson and EDGE rusher Bradlee Anae leading the way on that side of the ball. Adding Weaver would put them neck and neck with the Washington Huskies for the conference favorite.
Colorado WR Laviska Shenault to Georgia
When conceptualizing this article I initially gifted Shenault to the Oregon Ducks, as a way for Justin Herbert to have another weapon to throw to. However, that would break my own rules. Also, Oregon just got Juwan Johnson so, don’t get greedy Ducks.
If you’re unfamiliar with who Shenault is, then I have to ask where you have been hiding. To put it simply, Laviska Shenault WAS the Buffaloes’ offense this past year. They got off to an incredible 5-0 start with Shenault tearing up every team put in his way. Then he injured his toe against USC and Colorado fell apart. The offense and the team as a whole sputtered and stalled while he was gone. So much so, that even once he returned, the whole team knew that he was their only chance at winning games. The boys from Boulder may have gone 5-7 this past year but Shenault in only 9 games caught 86 passes for 1011 yards and 5 TDs while also running in 5 scores as well. He enters the year as my WR2 and a top 10 player on my board.
Enter the Georgia Bulldogs, a team loaded with 5 star talent and also boasting my top QB in this year’s class, Jake Fromm. The Bulldogs lost a lot of weapons to the NFL draft including 3 receivers, a running back, and their starting tight end. Fromm has D’Andre Swift and an unproven WR in Demetris Robertson. Adding another weapon, such as Shenault, would make Georgia a clear threat to Alabama and Georgia in the chase for the national title.