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Top Landing Spots For Deebo Samuel Trade

The Jets and Chiefs are front-runners for landing a trade with Deebo Samuel, but there are few teams that wouldn't be interested. Here's what potential trade situations would look like heading into the 2022 NFL Draft.
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Another chapter was added to the wildest offseason in NFL history with 49ers All-Pro receiver Deebo Samuel reportedly requesting a trade out of San Francisco. The news sent shockwaves throughout the NFL, with one of the league’s best players now available heading into the 2022 NFL Draft

The 49ers surely won’t have an issue finding teams that would be interested in acquiring the young star. Last season, the 26-year-old wideout recorded 1,405 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions while leading the NFL with an 18.2-yards-per-catch average. On top of that, he ran for eight scores before scoring two more touchdowns during the 49ers’ run to the NFC Championship Game. 

A first-round pick in this year’s draft is expected to be part of any trade involving San Francisco’s standout wide receiver. Trading up with Miami to select quarterback Trey Lance with the third overall pick in last year’s draft has left them without a first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. 

Let’s take a look at the teams that could be in play to land the man known as ‘Deebo’.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Any trade involving Deebo Samuel will have a huge impact on the 49ers and leave a huge hole that will need to be filled. Some of that running ability could be filled by the transition to Trey Lance at quarterback, but any trade will have to offer the 49ers enough capital to invest in a suitable replacement — either in trade or via the 2022/2023 NFL Drafts.

As it stands now their first pick isn’t until late in the 2nd round, which may be a little late to address some of their impending needs with a high level of certainty. They have a real need at the offensive guard (OG) position, as both their LG and RG are entering the last years of their contracts and account for some of the lower PFF scores on the 49ers offense, at 55.5 and 61.4, respectively. Although their lowest performers are mostly on the defensive side of the ball, there are some quality offensive linemen in this draft and they need to prioritize getting at least one of them at some point.

It’s also worth remembering San Francisco aims to trade Jimmy Garoppolo, so the 49ers have plenty of juice to make things happen.

If the 49ers need to use the draft to address the departure of Deebo Samuel they could do so with any of the top receivers throughout the first 2 rounds — prospects with weights similar to Deebo’s who might be able to provide a similar level of physicality include players like Drake London, Treylon Burks, Christian Watson, David Bell, Alec Pierce, and Dontario Drummond. It’s hard to expect any of them to be a perfect replacement for what many people consider the top wide receiver in the league but it’s quite possible they could see a net benefit if they can address their situation at offensive guard while improving their cap space and contract challenges. Additionally, they can consider drafting someone like Jaxon Smith-Njigba — who may be more similar to Deebo than anyone else in this year’s draft. You may remember Smith-Njigba from his record-breaking Rose Bowl performance — in which he caught 15 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns — helped him to a 91.7 PFF grade this season. Not only is that the best of 2021, but it’s also among the three best by a Power Five wide receiver in the past five years. Smith-Njigba also was the most productive wide receiver in the country this year, recording 4.01 yards per route run. Short-area quickness, ball skills, route-running — Smith-Njigba has it all.

Starting WRs (current): D. Samuel (87.2, 2022), B. Aiyuk (74.4, 2024*), J. Jennings (65.8, 2022)

Starting WRs (sans trade): B. Aiyuk (74.4, 2024*), J. Jennings (65.8, 2022)

Offensive weak links: LG, C. McKivitz (55.5, 2022), RG, D. Brunskill (61.4, 2022)

Draft capital (2022): Round 2: No. 61; Round 3: Nos. 93, 105;  Round 4: No. 134; Round 5: No. 172; Round 6: Nos. 187 (from Broncos), 220, 221; Round 7: No. 262

Cap space (2022): $743,752

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Samuel would replace Tyreek Hill as Patrick Mahomes‘ top receiver. Along with Samuel, the Chiefs’ receiving corps would also include JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mecole Hardman and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. The Chiefs, who currently have the 29th and 30th overall picks in the draft and four picks in the first two rounds, have plenty of trade capital following their trade of Hill. The Chiefs also play in the AFC, which is another reason why Kansas City would be the most likely destination should the 49ers deal Samuel. [CBS Sports]

Starting WRs (current): J. Smith-Schuster (59.2, 2022), M. Valdes-Scantling (66.1, 2024), M. Hardman (68.5, –)

Starting WRs (post-trade): D. Samuel (87.2, –), M. Valdes-Scantling (66.1, 2024), M. Hardman (68.5, –) OR J. Smith-Schuster (59.2, 2022), D. Samuel (87.2, –), M. Hardman (68.5, –) OR J. Smith-Schuster (59.2, 2022), M. Valdes-Scantling (66.1, 2024), D. Samuel (87.2, –)

Offensive weak links: WR (59.2), RB (64.3), RT (64.6), WR (66.1)

Draft capital:
Round 1: Nos. 29 (from Dolphins), 30 
Round 2: Nos. 50 (from Dolphins), 62 
Round 3: Nos. 94, 103 
Round 4: Nos. 125 (from Dolphins), 135 
Round 7: Nos. 233 (from Vikings), 243 (from Raiders through Patriots),251, 259

Cap space (2022): $18,159,294

NEW YORK JETS

Like the Chiefs, the Jets have significant draft capital with two top-10 picks in this year’s draft along with four of the top 38 picks. New York is expected to spend one of its top-10 picks on a receiver who can help Zach Wilson blossom into a franchise quarterback. A possible trade between New York and San Francisco could also include receiver Denzel Mims, a 2020 second-round pick who has yet to pan out with the Jets. [CBS Sports]

Starting WRs (current): C. Davis (68.8, 2023), E. Moore (71.2, 2024), B. Berrios (74.0, 2023)

Starting WRs (post-trade): D. Samuel (87.2, –), E. Moore (71.2, 2024), B. Berrios (74.0, 2023)

Offensive weak links: WR, C. Davis (68.8); LT, M. Becton (66.8); TE, C.J. Uzomah (62.0); QB, Z. Wilson (59.3)

Draft capital:
Round 1: Nos. 4, 10 (from Seahawks) overall
Round 2: Nos. 35, 38 (from Panthers)
Round 3: No. 69
Round 4: Nos. 111 (from Panthers), 117 (from Vikings)
Round 5: Nos. 146, 163 (from Steelers)

Cap space (2022): $17,870,133

DETROIT LIONS

Similar to New York, the Lions also have two first-round picks: the second overall and the final selection on Day 1. Several mocks have the Lions using their 32nd overall pick on a receiver, but given Samuel’s ability, the Lions could possibly be willing to trade away the No. 2 overall pick to acquire one of the NFL’s most versatile players and biggest playmakers. The Lions would probably not have to include much else in a trade involving the second overall pick. [CBS Sports]

Starting WRs (current): A. St. Brown (79.9, –), D.J. Chark (65.9, –), J. Reynolds (65.9, –)

Starting WRs (post-trade): D. Samuel (87.2, –), A. St. Brown (79.9, –), D.J. Chark (65.9, –)

Offensive weak links: RB (57.8), QB (60.7), WR (65.9), WR (65.9)

Draft capital:
Round 1: No. 2
Round 1: No. 32 (from Rams)
Round 2: No. 34
Round 3: No. 66
Round 3: No. 97
Round 5: No. 177
Round 6: No. 181
Round 6: No. 217
Round 7: No. 234 (from Browns)

Cap space (2022): $18,041,316

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

The Saints have two top-20 picks in this year’s draft (No. 16 and No. 19) and are expected to use one of these picks on a wideout. New Orleans is hoping to add more weapons around quarterback Jameis Winston, who was off to a torrid start last season before an injury prematurely ended his second season with the Saints. [CBS Sports]

Starting WRs (current): M. Thomas (85.2, –), M. Callaway (69.3, –), T. Smith (62.7, –)

Starting WRs (post-trade): D. Samuel (87.2, –), M. Thomas (85.2, –), M. Callaway (69.3, –)

Offensive weak links: LG (52.1), RG (57.6), WR (62.7), TE (62.7)

Draft capital:
Round 1: Nos. 16 and 19 (from Eagles)
Round 2: No. 49
Round 3: No. 98
Round 4: No. 120
Round 5: No. 161
Round 6: No. 194 (from Eagles)

Cap space (2022): $19,354,446

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Green Bay would be higher on this list if not for the fact that it is one of the 49ers’ biggest obstacles in the NFC. That being said, the Packers have two first-round picks (No. 22 and No. 28 overall) and two second-round picks (No. 53 and 59). The Packers are in the market for a receiver after trading Davante Adams to the Raiders last month. It’s safe to say that Aaron Rodgers would love the chance to work with Samuel, who played a significant role in the 49ers ending the Packers’ season in both 2019 and 2021. [CBS Sports]

Starting WRs (current): R. Cobb (72.0, 2022), A. Lazard (65.5, 2022), J. Winfree (48.2, –)

Starting WRs (post-trade): D. Samuel (87.2, –), R. Cobb (72.0, 2022), A. Lazard (65.5, 2022)

Offensive weak links: J. Winfree (48.2), A. Lazard (65.5), R. Tonyan (54.6), J. Runyan (65.1), J. Myers (58.3), R. Newman (55.7)

Draft capital:
Round 1: No. 22 (from Raiders)
Round 1: No. 28
Round 2: No. 53 (from Raiders)
Round 2: No. 59
Round 3: No. 92
Round 4: No. 132
Round 4: No. 140
Round 5: No. 171
Round 7: No. 228 (from Bears through Texans)
Round 7: No. 249
Round 7: No. 258

Cap space (2022): $14,051,675

Where is the perfect landing spot for Deebo? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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