The Detroit Lions have traded cornerback Jeff Okudah to the Atlanta Falcons for a fifth-round pick.
Despite being considered a top prospect, Okudah struggled in his rookie year, missed most of his second season due to injury, and had an up-and-down 2022 season.
The team passed on quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert to draft Okudah, and the decision did not pay off.
They can afford to take on young players who may have washed out elsewhere.
The Lions, under new GM Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell, are trying to compete now and have made moves to upgrade their pass defense.
These additions made Okudah expendable.
It remains to be seen if Okudah can regain his form with the Falcons.