All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been traded to Arizona. Here’s why that’s bad news for the NY Jets on a few different fronts.
The biggest blockbuster of the 2020 offseason has officially transpired.
On Monday afternoon the Houston Texans traded All-Pro wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed the full details of the trade on Twitter:
Arizona receives: Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick.
Houston receives: running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
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So how does this affect the NY Jets?
The first thought running through many fans of Gang Green should be, why the heck weren’t we in on this?
Would any fan have hesitated if the Jets could’ve flipped a second-round pick, Le’Veon Bell (arguably a better running back than David Johnson), and a future fourth for an All-Pro wide receiver who is arguably one of the best in the league?
But putting that aside for a moment, the other direct way this affects the NY Jets is in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.
The Arizona Cardinals have been discussed as a possible landing spot for one of the top receivers in the draft (whether that be Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, or even Henry Ruggs III). With the acquisition of Hopkins, that likely rules them out of the wide receiver conversation in round one.
This means Arizona is now firmly in the discussion to take an offensive tackle with the eighth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. That means one less offensive lineman will likely be on the board for the NY Jets who hold the 11th overall pick in the first round.
Although if you are trying to find the silver lining in all of this at least the Jets have a much clearer path at wide receiver in the opening round of the 2020 NFL Draft. With the overall depth of the class, it seems inevitable that a wide receiver slide will occur in the first round.
That could be great news for Sam Darnold because the team lacks a true No. 1 wide receiver. Although the team needs to upgrade the offensive line at all costs this offseason.