Cardinals GM drops a hint about NFL Draft intentions
In fact, the Cardinals did not even have to part with the No. 8 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, giving them myriad options to pursue in the next week and a half.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said while the trade for Hopkins gives the team a boost at wide receiver, they might still look for an additional wideout in the draft, per Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ team website.
“You want to look at the long-term contracts you have in place, whether guys can play inside or outside … If there is a player at the right spot, someone we are high on, we will certainly take advantage of that. I say this every year, your needs are always changing. Just because it seems on the surface we’re not as needy at wide receiver, that could change pretty quickly.”
Prior to acquiring Hopkins, the Cardinals seemed to face a tough choice between drafting a receiver or offensive lineman in the first round. But the arrival of one of the best receivers in football should lend more clarity.
The Cardinals now have a group that includes Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and three draft picks from 2019, each of whom might show development in year two.
Meanwhile, Arizona’s offensive line graded poorly in terms of run-blocking, and second-year quarterback Kyler Murray could probably use added protection. The Cardinals might also look for upgrades in the secondary.
Regardless, even if Keim is unwilling to rule out drafting a receiver, the Cardinals probably figure to address other needs.