In the most shocking trade in recent memory, the Arizona Cardinals have traded for superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Arizona shipped off David Johnson, a 2020 second round pick, and a 2021 fourth round pick for DeAndre Hopkins and a 2021 fourth round pick.
Hopkins, 27, is arguably the best receiver because he can run more than a slant and fade, I’m looking at you Michael Thomas. In his seven year stint with the Texans he posted an unreal stat line: 632 receptions; 8,602 yards; 54 touchdowns, to go along with three First Team All-Pro selections. And keep this in mind, he has had nine different starting quarterbacks since arriving in Houston (Fitzmagic being the best outside of Deshaun Watson.)
Let’s try to dive into what the Texans were thinking during this transaction. You have a young, superstar QB you are going to have to pay very soon, and he will be expensive. You have one of the better left tackles in the league that you will have to pay, he will also be expensive. Quarterbacks and left tackles are the cornerstone of any franchise, and have to be made priorities. Now a player like DeAndre Hopkins can change a franchise, but you have a solid receiver in Will Fuller, and you picked up a high second round pick in one of the deepest receiver drafts ever. Now I’m not saying you can pick up DeAndre Hopkins 2.0 in the second round, but a solid guy to pair with Will Fuller? Very possible.
Lastly, they were able to pick up veteran running back David Johnson. Johnson burst onto the scene in 2016 tallying 1,239 yard on 293 carries with 16 TD’s. He also added 879 receiving yards a four receiving TD’s. Johnson came into 2017 as arguably the best RB in the game, but a wrist injury cut his season short. Since the wrist injury, Johnson has not been the same player, which is why the Cardinals moved on from him.
I don’t think this trade is as lopsided as people are making it out to be. At the moment, the Cardinals are the winner, but we have to wait and see what the future holds to declare this a highway robbery. If the Texans can get a good return on the second round pick, and David Johnson can return to half of what he was in 2016, I don’t think this trade is as lopsided as you see it now. So everyone just calm, the Texans are going to be fine either way.
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