3 Most Likely Players to Be Traded During the 2023 NFL Draft
The 2023 NFL Draft is just a little more than a week away and collegiate players around the country are wondering where their next home will be. However, rookies aren't always the only ones that get a new team on NFL Draft weekend.
Some pretty big name players have been dealt on draft day for picks and other compensation. Just last year we saw the Eagles trade for star wideout AJ Brown with a package headlined by a first-round pick.
This year is no different. There are a handful of current NFL players, even some stars, who could see themselves being dealt on draft day. Let's take a look at three of the most likely players to be traded during the 2023 NFL Draft.
3 Trades That Could Happen at 2023 NFL Draft
1. Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers, QB
Reports surfaced on April 19 that the San Francisco 49ers have been receiving calls from teams interested in trading for Trey Lance. Make no mistake, the 49ers drafted him to be the franchise QB for years to come, but things change. When Lance and then-backup Jimmy Garoppolo were both injured last season, that opened the door for rookie Brock Purdy to step in and make a name for himself. Boy did he ever, winning out in the regular season and then taking the 49ers all the way to the NFC Championship Game. What remains is a whole lot more questions than answers for the 49ers, hence the perceived expendability of Lance. It doesn't appear the 49ers are interested in trading Lance, but the right offer could turn their heads in an instant.
2. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals, WR
When the Arizona Cardinals traded for DeAndre Hopkins a few years ago, it was perceived as a move to put them in contention for a Super Bowl. Fast forward to today and the Cardinals could be the worst team in the NFL next season. QB Kyler Murray will be out for a good portion of the year, and honestly, wasn't playing that well before his injury last season anyways. Arizona seems to be ready for the Caleb Williams sweepstakes. That's a situation Hopkins wants no part of at the age 31 by the time next season starts. Hopkins wants a chance at a Super Bowl, and he's made that clear. Hopkins still has two years left on a contract that has him as one of the highest paid wideouts in the NFL, so that complicates any deal and Arizona would probably have to eat a portion of it to get anything of value back in a deal. Entering a rebuild, draft day seems like a perfect time for Hopkins to be on his way out of Arizona.
3. Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LB
Since Devin White was drafted in 2019, he's been one of the league's best linebackers, even helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win a Super Bowl. Now he's set to enter the final year of his rookie deal with no extension and has requested a move as a result. Bucs GM Jason Licht said he doesn't plan on honoring the trade request, but Tampa is about to enter a full rebuild after the retirement of Tom Brady. Paying a linebacker big money on a bad team is not the recipe to building a great roster from the ground up. Licht could very well be hiding his true intentions, and if he is, plenty of teams would love to have a guy like White in the middle of their defense.
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