This Jaguars-Cardinals Trade Sends DeAndre Hopkins To Jacksonville

DeAndre Hopkins, Jaguars
NFL Analysis Network

The Jacksonville Jaguars showed at the end of the 2022 season just how dangerous of a team they can be. They did a total 180-degree turn from the 2021 season, putting the Urban Meyer debacle behind them quickly. After landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Jaguars were able to qualify for the postseason.

Jacksonville had a magical comeback against the Los Angeles Chargers during Super Wild Card Weekend at home. They went on the road to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round and came up just short against the eventual Super Bowl champions, losing 27-20.

Jacksonville won five consecutive games to finish the season to make the playoffs. A big reason for the Jaguars improving as much as they did was the performance of quarterback Trevor Lawrence. After a tough October, he looked like the player the Jaguars had envisioned when they selected him first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

To ensure he continues on that path of progression, the Jaguars should continue adding weapons to their offense. They made a low-risk, high-reward trade ahead of the deadline, acquiring Calvin Ridley from the Atlanta Falcons.

Ridley was suspended for the 2022 season for gambling on NFL games. He has since been reinstated, giving the Jaguars a very talented group of pass catchers. With Lawrence still on his rookie contract, they should consider making another luxury addition.

A trade for DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals was suggested by David Kenyon of Bleacher Report. To land Hopkins, the Jaguars could offer the Cardinals the No. 88 and No. 228 overall picks in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Landing Hopkins would give Lawrence arguably the best group of pass catchers in the NFL. He and Ridley both have No. 1 receiver skill sets while Christian Kirk and Zay Jones were both great in 2022. 

Add in tight end Evan Engram, who broke out last season after five underwhelming years with the New York Giants, and the pieces would be in place to have the best passing offense in the NFL. Not to mention Travis Etienne played at a high level after taking over the backfield as the starter.