Cardinals Receive: Yannick Ngakoue
Jaguars Receive: First Round Pick
The Arizona Cardinals made a massive trade when they acquired wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans for basically a second-round pick and David Johnson. The trade stunned the football world, and it meant that Arizona was ready to compete for a playoff spot.
Adding Ngakoue means they are ready to compete for a championship. It would be a risk, especially because they wouldn’t have a pick until the third round, but Arizona has all of the pieces.
After rookie Isaiah Simmons fell to them in the draft, Arizona improved at linebacker. They have a star edge rusher already in Chandler Jones. They have a formidable secondary with players like Budda Baker, Patrick Peterson, and Byron Murphy Jr. Arizona has a sneaky good defense with tons of potential. Adding another star pass rusher opposite Jones pushes their defense to the next level.
It is no secret the Cardinals would like to get their reliable veteran Larry Fitzgerald a ring before he retires. This might be his last run. The Cardinals are going to go all in this season and the Kyler Murray led offense looks scary. A defense with two star edge rushers, a Rookie DPOY favorite, and a solid second is going to match that offensive firepower and would make a Super Bowl a possibility.
The Jaguars, on the other hand, gain yet another first round pick in this deal for a player who is likely sitting out the season. Another rebuild continues under the Caldwell regime. With so many picks, this time they need to get it right.