The apparent asking price for star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is a second round pick. Many teams should be bidding for him in that case.
Mike Jurecki, who covers the Arizona Cardinals, spoke to a couple of agents recently and inquired about what it would cost to land DeAndre Hopkins from the team.
The team is apparently looking for at least a second round pick and a conditional pick. The conditional pick is not nearly as important as the meat and potatoes of the deal, which may start with that second round selection.
To me, that would be a fine deal for many teams to make, and this could really shake up the wide receiver market this offseason.
Hopkins is a Hall of Fame talent who has been in an unfortunate situation in Arizona as of late. He was suspended for part of the 2022 season but still managed to accumulate 717 yards in just nine games.
Based on per game averages, Hopkins’ numbers through nine games were right on par with his career, so it doesn’t appear like he’s lost a step at all. The receiver turns 31 this summer, which is a bit on the older side, but I think the asking price is fair.
Davante Adams went for much more last offseason and I’d argue that Hopkins and Adams are about the same in terms of skill.
This could also cause ripple effects on the rest of the WR market, as Houston Texans’ pass catcher Brandin Cooks could be deal.
Cooks is no Hopkins, but if the current Cardinal can go for a second rounder, I’d think Cooks could command a third rounder in a trade.
There should be a plethora of teams inquiring for Hopkins’ and Cooks’ services.
This should not prevent the teams who trade for these players from taking a wide receiver in the 2023 NFL Draft, but getting that type of talent on the roster would be a huge boost.