It is still hard to believe that General Manager Steve Keim was able to acquire arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL in DeAndre Hopkins while giving up so little in return.
Back in March at the start of free agency, the Cardinals traded running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick to the Houston Texans for Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick.
They unloaded Johnson’s contract, which seemed impossible at the time, while receiving the eighth-ranked player in the National Football League.
Last season with the Texans, Hopkins finished with 104 receptions, 1,165 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns in 15 games. His receptions total was tied for second among receivers in the NFL in 2019.
He has had three seasons of over 100 receptions and five seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards in his seven years in the NFL so far.
After two consecutive years of being voted in the Top 20, he was finally able to crack the Top 10.
#8 ranked player in the @NFL by the ((PLAYERS)) respect fellas.— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) July 30, 2020
Overall, the Cardinals have a total of five players make it in the Top 100 NFL Players list of 2020. The list includes Chandler Jones at No. 15, Larry Fitzgerald at No. 69, Kyler Murray at No. 90, and Budda Baker at No. 97.
At 28 years old, DeAndre Hopkins is still in his prime and has been a first-team All-Pro for three consecutive seasons.
The Cardinals now have a No. 1 wide receiver for the long-term future for Kyler Murray to throw to and should continue to put up huge numbers in the desert.
Check out Hopkins’ Top 100 video here.
And here are the Top 10 results:
- Lamar Jackson - QB, Baltimore Ravens
- Russell Wilson - QB, Seattle Seahawks
- Aaron Donald - DT, Los Angeles Rams
- Patrick Mahomes - QB, Kansas City Chiefs
- Michael Thomas - WR, New Orleans Saints
- Christian McCaffrey - RB, Carolina Panthers
- George Kittle - TE, San Francisco 49ers
- DeAndre Hopkins - WR, Arizona Cardinals
- Stephon Gilmore - CB, New England Patriots
- Derrick Henry - RB, Tennessee Titans