Cardinals GM feels good about Rodney Hudson and DeAndre Hopkins as 3rd and 4th round picks

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The Cardinals don’t have a third-round draft pick or a fourth-round draft pick. And Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim is just fine with that.

Keim told reporters today that he doesn’t think many teams can match what the Cardinals already got out of their third-round pick and fourth-round pick: Center Rodney Hudson and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

“Well, we have Rodney Hudson and DeAndre Hopkins. I don’t know if any of you guys have graded those picks, but I feel very, very good about those,” Keim said.

The full details on those two trades were the Cardinals sending their third-round pick to Las Vegas for Hudson and a seventh-round pick, and the Cardinals trading their fourth-round pick, last year’s second-round pick and running back David Johnson to Houston for Hopkins and last year’s fourth-round pick. Keim doesn’t have to wait until the draft to decide he got the better end of those deals.

15 responses to “Cardinals GM feels good about Rodney Hudson and DeAndre Hopkins as 3rd and 4th round picks

  1. I really don’t know how Bill O’Brien thought that that was a good trade. Every armchair GM said the exact same thing – David Johnson has no value, and the Cardinals should be giving something up to teams to get that player off their books. Even if you think you can only get a 1st round pick (or Stefon Diggs) equivalent for Hopkins, you should be able to increase that value by taking on David Johnson’s massive contract. The Texans should have been able to get the Cardinals first rounder last year for Hopkins, at a minimum. If he wasn’t happy with the offers he was getting, he still had Hopkins under contract for a few more seasons, so there really was no leverage to trade him for peanuts. It was a frustrating trade at that point, and remains a point of frustration now. I’m just thankful we have a real GM who can come in and try to cleanup the mess that Bill O’Brien the GM made.

  2. DeAndre Hopkins – 1,400 yds, 6 TDs at $27,250,000/yr (TWENTY SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS!!)
    David Johnson, 2nd rd pick , 4th rd pick – 1,000 yds and 8 TDs at $11,000,000/yr

    AND Deshaun Watson had his best career year WITHOUT Hopkins.

    So I guess O’Brien actually was right about the trade – offense lost 400 yards, gained 2 extra TDS, saved the Texans $16,000,000 a year and got two draft picks.

  3. Bill o’brien was working undercover for the Cardinals right? There is no way he made that trade thinking it would benefit the Texans

  4. And how has Hopkins helped Arizona? Kyler Murray 2020 stats are nearly identical to his rookie year. Hopkins DID NOT MAKE HIM BETTER, especially at $27 million dollars.

    Look at Watson 2019 vs 2020 without Hopkins. 1,000 more yards, 3% higher completions, 7 more TDs, 5 less INTs. QB rating jumps 15 points to 112.4.

    So what value does Hopkins bring to the table? David Johnson has the same production at one-third the cost.

  5. Texans regressed from 10 wins to 4, Cardinals improved 5 wins to 8. Cardinals win.

  6. Nobody would argue about the quality of those two players, but as a GM, you also have to balance a budget. There is a salary cap. Most 3rd and fourth round picks don’t make anything close to what these two guys are taking away from the salary cap. So in the long run it’s probably better to be able to hit on your 3rd and 4th rounders in the draft.

  7. Nobody would argue about the quality of those two players, but as a GM, you also have to balance a budget. There is a salary cap. Most 3rd and fourth round picks don’t make anything close to what these two guys are taking away from the salary cap. So in the long run it’s probably better to be able to hit on your 3rd and 4th rounders in the draft.
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    Keim has hit on plenty of home grown players who are amongst the best at their positions however in this context it doesn’t really matter because anyway u slice it Keim absolutely fleeced both GMs (Esp Billy O) in those trades trading a 2nd for the best WR in the NFL in his prime and he then turned around a year later and landed arguably the best center in the NFL in Rodney Hudson for a 3rd, a later 3rd at that. Any GM in the league makes those moves 7 days a week as both of those players MASSIVELY upgrade AZs roster more than any rookie would and the odds a rookie develops into Hudson or DHOP are slim to none as those two are the elite of the elite amongst their relative positions.

  8. Knowing Keim he will recoup that 3rd round pick on draft night via trading down. AZ is already laying out the groundwork to trade back in round 1 or 2. If AZ does trade back I’d guess it’s be in RD2 unless some blue chip prospect slides a bit on draft day that some team really covets.

  9. The mistake Bill made was not building a better defense.
    I get the salary cap move, wasn’t a popular one, but if the defense would have been good then Bill would have looked like a genius.

  10. The difference is Hopkins makes more $$ in a week than fourth round picks make in a year.

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