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ESPN Proposes A Trade Between Oklahoma, Iowa Football

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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

College football sort of has free agency, in the form of graduate transfers and even regular transfers receiving waivers to play early. However, there are no trades in the sport.

ESPN's Edward Aschoff has taken a look at what might happen if trades were allowed. Aschoff has proposed 10 hypothetical trades he'd like to see.

One of them involves Oklahoma and Iowa. The deal is OU five-star incoming freshman wide receiver Theo Wease for former five-star recruit and Iowa star defensive end A.J. Epenesa.

Here's why Aschoff thinks that deal makes sense:

The Sooners have receivers for days, and even though Wease was part of one of the greatest freshman receiver classes in history, Oklahoma needs way more immediate help on defense. New defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has a very aggressive scheme, and he needs a top-flight pass-rusher. Epenesa led the Big Ten with 10.5 sacks and was fourth with 16.5 TFLs in 2018. Iowa's defense would take a major hit, but man, does Iowa need a spark on offense. Wease was the nation's No. 3 receiver prospect and would get on the field on Day 1.

Hypothetical exercises like this are always fun, so let's do some quick analysis of Aschoff's proposal.

By all accounts, Wease is a stud. He's the No. 3 wide receiver in the 2019 class, but with the cycle's No. 1 (Jadon Haselwood) and No. 11 (Trejan Bridges) wideouts also picking OU, Wease is expendable on paper.

However, in Epenesa, we're talking about a proven player. He led the Big Ten and was 12th nationally in sacks, and was an All-Big Ten selection. Aschoff is right about Iowa needing some firepower on offense, but giving up Epenesa would be a huge price to pay.

In short, if this trade ever happened, Oklahoma would probably have to throw in another piece or two to make it fairer.