The Arizona Cardinals might have made the biggest offseason splash — and that includes Tom Brady signing with the Buccaneers — as they traded some used parts for stud wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The addition of Hopkins for second-year quarterback Kyler Murray cannot be measured, but it’s a tremendous boon for his fantasy upside and the Cardinals chances of winning.
They also were able to dump running back David Johnson off on the Texans and retain the services of Kenyan Drake. That move saves them some headache of trying to give Johnson work because of his contract and keeps Drake in the spotlight after a great second-half of 2019.
2020 Draft Picks
Round 1, pick 8: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson
Round 3, pick 8 (No. 72): Josh Jones, OT, Houston
Round 4, pick 8 (No. 114): Leki Fotu, DT, Utah
Round 4, pick 25 (No. 131): Rashard Lawrence, DT, LSU
Round 6, pick 23 (No. 202): Evan Weaver, ILB, Cal
Round 7, pick 8 (No. 222): Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State
The Cardinals can’t ask for much more than Drake and Hopkins, especially as it looked like they would go after a wide receiver with their first pick and now they don’t need to fill that particular hole anymore. Offensive line help is always needed, especially after allowing the seventh-worst adjusted sack rate in the league last season.
The Cardinals will also look for help on the defensive line. After Chandler Jones, they have little around him. Another lineman who can put pressure on the quarterback and slow down the run would fill a big need.
Dream first pick
The pick has to be for a lineman. They might have a more impactful player land at eighth overall than an offensive lineman, but their need is great, as keeping Kyler Murray upright is the most important thing for this offense right now.
Jedrick Wills, Tristan Wirfs, Andrew Thomas and Mekhi Becton are the favorites to go off as the top OL in the draft and all four are likely high on the Cardinals draft board. A strong argument can be made for each one.
Wills appears to be the most pro ready and the Cardinals need someone to come in and play well from Day 1. They would be more than happy if Wills were there with the eighth pick.