Extensive receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals participates in an low season exercise at Dignity Well being Arizona Cardinals Coaching Middle on June 02, 2021 in Tempe, Arizona. (Picture by Christian Petersen/Getty Photos)
TEMPE, Ariz. — The Atlanta Falcons made waves throughout the NFL in additional methods than one on Sunday once they traded away extensive receiver Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans.
The Titans acquired Jones for a 2022 second-round draft decide and a 2023 fourth-rounder, whereas additionally receiving a 2023 sixth-rounder in return.
The Titans clearly bolstered their extensive receiving corps with the addition of Jones for much much less of a price ticket many would assume would include the seven-time Professional Bowler.
Not too way back an analogous state of affairs unfolded when extensive receiver DeAndre Hopkins was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals in trade for a struggling David Johnson, a 2020 second-rounder and a 2021 fourth-round decide. Hopkins was coming off an All-Professional season.
The similarities of the trades — particularly the shortage of first-round picks within the offers — wasn’t misplaced on Hopkins following Arizona’s necessary minicamp on Wednesday.
“That we’re not price first-round picks, that first-round picks are higher than us,” Hopkins mentioned smiling when requested a couple of No. 1 extensive receiver’s worth within the NFL. “Particularly, I wish to see first-round picks that may do what Julio and myself do.
“However , guys are fairly good, receiver corps, receiving teams popping out of faculty are a bit extra superior than I used to be again in my days despite the fact that I solely had like nonetheless many touchdowns, 15 or so touchdowns. However you bought guys like [Minnesota Vikings WR] Justin Jefferson who are available balling as a rookie. There are undoubtedly some guys that are available and do what Julio and myself do.
“I used to be shocked about Julio,” Hopkins added. “I imply, I do know I used to be solely coming off a First-team All-Professional so I kinda figured I’d solely go for a second-round however I used to be shocked a man like Julio would solely go for a second rounder.”
Whereas it’s but to be seen what Jones will do in Tennessee’s offense, Hopkins made the Cardinals appear like the clear-cut winners of his 2020 commerce in a rush, posting 1,407 yards (third amongst NFL go catchers) and 6 touchdowns on 115 receptions (second).
Hopkins will get a firsthand have a look at Jones’ begin as a Titan when Arizona takes on Tennessee in Week 1.