NFL power rankings: Arizona Cardinals soar in NFL rankings after DeAndre Hopkins trade

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The Arizona Cardinals could be a contender in the NFC West, according to early NFL power rankings after the early moves in NFL free agency.

Writers really like the DeAndre Hopkins trade for Arizona.

The writer that appears to like Arizona's chances the most in the upcoming season is Touchdown Wire's Mark Schofield.

He has the Cardinals all the way up to No. 12 in his NFL power rankings.

He wrote: "It is hard to overstate how important the acquisition of Hopkins is for this offense and the trickle-down impact it might have on Arizona’s plans. The Cardinals ran 10 offensive personnel (four wide receivers, one running back, no tight end) more than any other team in the league a season ago, so acquiring a premier wide receiver like Hopkins is a massive move. As it stands, the Cardinals have a top three of Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald, with players like Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson, Hakeem Butler and Andy Isabella battling for that fourth spot. Or, with the eighth overall pick in the draft, they could reunite quarterback Kyler Murray with one of his collegiate targets, CeeDee Lamb. The acquisitions on the defensive side of the football are also very good additions. Phillips tallied nearly 10 sacks a season ago and gives them interior push on the inside with Chandler Jones still prowling on the outside. Campbell and Kennard are solid additions to the linebacker group. Things are definitely trending up in the desert."

Schofield isn't the only writer to elevate the Cardinals in the latest rankings of teams in the NFL.

Arizona Cardinals fans, and Kyler Murray, have a lot to be happy about so far in NFL free agency.

NBC Sports' Scott Bair has Arizona up to No. 16 in his power rankings.

He wrote: "Stole DeAndre Hopkins. Ditched David Johnson. Slapped a tag on Kenyan Drake and should keep him. We may look back and think this ranking’s a little low, especially if Kyler Murray continues to develop." has the Cardinals up to No. 18 in its rankings.

Jason Guilbault wrote: "Arizona trading away David Johnson for DeAndre Hopkins is going to really kick this offense into overdrive. They are franchise tagging Kenyan Drake, and this offense could be extremely potent. The draft will be key to fill offensive line and defensive needs now."

The site that appears to be the hardest on Arizona's moves? It has the Cardinals only up three spots to No. 23 in its power rankings.

Still, even with just a three-spot move, Dan Hanzus raved about the Cardinals' offseason so far.

He wrote: "If the Cardinals weren't practicing social distancing, surely there would have been a party in Glendale after GM Steve Keim landed wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. It was the rare perfect trade, a move that provided second-year QB Kyle Murray a legit No. 1 wide receiver without mortgaging the future by surrendering premium draft picks. Throw in the fact that Arizona managed to unload the redundant David Johnson and his bloated contract, and this could go down as the greatest trade heist since Mike Ditka gave up his entire draft class for Ricky Williams. (That really happened, kids.) The Cardinals improved their defense, as well, with the additions of linebacker Devon Kennard and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. The Cardinals could be a player in the NFC West, like, right now."

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