NFL mock draft: DeAndre Hopkins trade shifts Arizona Cardinals' focus in 2020 NFL draft
The Arizona Cardinals surprised the NFL world with a huge trade on Monday, reportedly agreeing to send David Johnson to the Houston Texans for DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins is one of the elite wide receivers in the NFL and could shift Arizona's focus in the 2020 NFL draft.
The Cardinals have long been linked to wide receivers CeeDee Lamb of Oklahoma and Jerry Jeudy of Alabama, but might now take an offensive lineman or look for help on the defense with their first selection at No. 8 overall with Hopkins now in the fold.
Check out some recent NFL mock draft projections for Arizona at offensive lineman and on the defensive side of the ball.
Who will Arizona take?
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Bleacher Report: Cardinal select Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
CBS Sports: Cardinals take Jedrick Wills, Jr. OT, Alabama
Josh Edwards writes: “Arizona locked up D.J. Humphries but I'm not convinced that he is the answer long-term. If he is, then they still need to upgrade the other side. Wills steps in and starts Day 1.”
NFL.com: Cardinals pick Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Charles Davis writes: “One of the top performers at the NFL Scouting Combine, Wirfs' athleticism fits perfectly in front of uber-athletic QB Kyler Murray, who is lobbying for his former Oklahoma teammate, WR CeeDee Lamb.”
Walter Football: Cardinals go with Jedrick Wills, OT Alabama
It writes: “The Cardinals have endured severe offensive line problems over the years, and it'll only get worse if D.J. Humphries leaves via free agency. Kyler Murray had no chance last year when battling teams that possessed great pass rushes, so it's obvious that Arizona must upgrade its blocking. Jedrick Wills is a quick and athletic tackle who has the strength to open up huge running lanes. Several teams absolutely love him, so he'll likely be chosen earlier than most expect.”
Fansided: Cardinals end up with Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn
Dan Schmelzer writes: “Most of the 2020 NFL Draft talk surrounding the Arizona Cardinals focuses on the offensive side of the ball. I get it, they are building an exciting offense and we want to see them add another premium piece at wide receiver or offensive tackle specifically. That being said, they still have needs on the defensive side of the ball that cannot be ignored and Derrick Brown stands out as one of the premier players remaining on the board. Brown is a big and powerful interior defensive lineman who moves extremely well for a man of his size. He is a premier run defender who also shows plenty of upside as an interior pass rusher. Brown has fantastic upside at the next level and could quickly become a centerpiece of the Cardinals’ defense.”
Bleacher Report: Cardinals select Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
CBS Sports: Cardinals go with Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
Ryan Wilson writes: “The Cardinals need to get better up front; the O-line ranked 21st in run blocking and 26th in pass blocking, according to Football Outsiders. At 6-7, 364 pounds, Becton is a mountain of a man, but he moves like someone who weighs more like 260, which pairs nicely with his footwork, balance and strength.”
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Sports Illustrated: Cardinals select Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
Roy Larking writes: “Despite the luxury of a mobile quarterback, Arizona was bottom five in pass protection as the offensive line allowed 50 sacks last season. Selecting Jedrick Wills helps protect franchise QB Kyler Murray and opens gaping holes for the Cardinals rushing attack. Playing in Alabama’s NFL style offense, Wills has overpowering strength and he is able to maintain his blocks throughout the play. Possessing a junkyard dog mean streak, Wills is a no mercy type player who will quickly earn respect (fear) from every defense he faces.”