5 Trades We Wish We Could Make in 2014 College Football Offseason
While NFL teams are busy trading players this offseason to bolster their respective rosters, college football is missing out on all that fun.
That, and there's this whole amateurism thing the NCAA and its membership want you to buy into.
But what if college football teams could trade players? How would it work? One player for another? One player for multiple players?
Luckily for you, we have a lot of time on our hands before the college football season begins, so this is the type of stuff we think about.
There are really only two rules. First, no trades are allowed that add to the 85-scholarship limit. In other words, Quarterback X can't be traded for three scholarships, which would be the college equivalent of trading a player for draft picks.
Secondly, transfers don't count since they're a one-way transaction of sorts. Any future transfers fall into that category. For example, if former USC quarterback Max Wittek does choose Texas, the Longhorns aren't required to give anything back to the Trojans. Consider that more of a free-agent move.
In each case, the teams would be trading for a player (or players) from a position of need to potentially be better overall.
Which trades would we love to see in college football? The answers, as always, are in the following slides.
Michigan QB Devin Gardner for North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer
After Michigan's offense struggled down the stretch last season, the Wolverines choose to go in a new direction. New offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier decides sophomore Shane Morris is the future at quarterback and opts to test the trade waters with Devin Gardner.
North Carolina, which lost Bryn Renner to graduation, is in the market for a veteran quarterback, and Gardner has one year of eligibility left. The Heels presumably want to allow 4-star commit Caleb Henderson to learn the offense and redshirt anyway.
But that doesn't come without a price for the Tar Heels. The Wolverines get wide receiver Ryan Switzer, a shifty sophomore who is a threat to score in the passing, running and return game. With Michigan losing productive receivers like Jeremy Gallon, it needs an upgrade there. Switzer can provide that immediate boost to any offense.
Texas RB Malcolm Brown for Iowa OT Brandon Scherff
Good thing Iowa offensive tackle Brandon Scherff decided to shun the NFL draft, where he could have been a high pick, to come back for his senior season. Texas desperately needs help at that position. Scherff, a 6'5", 315-pound All-Big Ten lineman, would provide immediate assistance.
The Longhorns are willing pay for Scherff, too, so to speak. Texas agrees to trade running back Malcolm Brown, who also decided to return for his senior season.
Mark Weisman is the bell cow running back for the Hawkeyes, but Brown provides an immediate boost in the backfield. As Texas' leading rusher a year ago, Brown took over as the No. 1 back while Johnathan Gray was sidelined with an Achilles injury.
Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon and WR Christion Jones for Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu returns as the cornerstone of Oregon's secondary, which is the biggest question mark for the Ducks. However, he doesn't stay in Eugene long.
Alabama, which needs all kinds of help at cornerback after being torched by Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, scoops up Olomu by offering up running back T.J. Yeldon and receiver Christion Jones.
It's a bold move by the Tide to get rid of its leading rusher (1,235 yards) and best punt/kick return specialist, but it goes to show how badly it needs to upgrade the secondary. With young players like Derrick Henry, Alabama should still be stocked at running back.
Oregon has enough young talent in its own secondary that it's willing to part with Olomu to further boost its potent running game. With De'Anthony Thomas gone, Jones would make an immediate impact in the return game.
Clemson DE Corey Crawford for Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham
A major trade that involves two stars on their respective teams, Clemson and Missouri are willing to lose a big name to gain a big name in a position of need.
Clemson needs a standout at wide receiver after losing Sammy Watkins, and whoever wins the Tigers' starting quarterback job needs a security blanket. You're not going to get much more secure than 6'6" Dorial Green-Beckham, who hauled in 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns a year ago.
Imagining Beckham in offensive coordinator Chad Morris' high-powered attack? Yes please.
Meanwhile, the (other) Tigers need help rushing the passer after losing Michael Sam and Kony Ealy to the NFL draft. Crawford had a team-high 16 quarterback pressures and totaled 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.
Notre Dame RB Amir Carlisle and OL Nick Martin for UCLA LB Myles Jack
Notre Dame started several different players on defense last season, so this group is more seasoned than the five "returning starters" number from Phil Steele would indicate. Still, it couldn't hurt to upgrade the defensive front seven, which experiences the bulk of the turnover.
Myles Jack had a stellar freshman season with UCLA as a linebacker, even though he's better known for double-dipping as a running back. The freshman All-American had 75 tackles and was a Paul Hornung Award finalist for the nation's most versatile player.
Getting Jack will cost the Irish, who are willing to give up running back Amir Carlisle and offensive lineman Nick Martin. Carlisle gives the Bruins explosiveness in the backfield to complement quarterback Brett Hundley. Martin, coming off a season-ending knee injury, gives the offensive line more depth at a value.
Ben Kercheval is a lead writer for college football at Bleacher Report. All trades are completely fabricated and shouldn't be attempted by anyone, ever.
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