ARIZONA CARDINALS

DeAndre Hopkins on Julio Jones trade: ‘1st-round picks are better than us’

Jun 9, 2021, 4:36 PM
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals participates in an off-season workout at...
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals participates in an off-season workout at Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center on June 02, 2021 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Atlanta Falcons made waves across the NFL in more ways than one on Sunday when they traded away wide receiver Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans acquired Jones for a 2022 second-round draft pick and a 2023 fourth-rounder, while also receiving a 2023 sixth-rounder in return.

The Titans obviously bolstered their wide receiving corps with the addition of Jones for far less of a price tag many would assume would come with the seven-time Pro Bowler.

Sound familiar?

Not too long ago a similar situation unfolded when wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was dealt to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a struggling David Johnson, a 2020 second-rounder and a 2021 fourth-round pick. Hopkins was coming off an All-Pro season.

The similarities of the trades — namely the lack of first-round picks in the deals — wasn’t lost on Hopkins following Arizona’s mandatory minicamp on Wednesday.

“That we’re not worth first-round picks, that first-round picks are better than us,” Hopkins said smiling when asked about a No. 1 wide receiver’s value in the NFL. “Especially, I would like to see first-round picks that can do what Julio and myself do.

“But you know, guys are pretty good, you know receiver corps, receiving groups coming out of college are a little more advanced than I was back in my days even though I only had like however many touchdowns, 15 or so touchdowns. But you got guys like [Minnesota Vikings WR] Justin Jefferson who come in balling as a rookie. There are definitely some guys that come in and do what Julio and myself do.

“I was surprised about Julio,” Hopkins added. “I mean, I know I was only coming off a First-team All-Pro so I kinda figured I might only go for a second-round but I was surprised a guy like Julio would only go for a second rounder.”

While it’s yet to be seen what Jones will do in Tennessee’s offense, Hopkins made the Cardinals look like the clear-cut winners of his 2020 trade in a hurry, posting 1,407 yards (third among NFL pass catchers) and six touchdowns on 115 receptions (second).

Hopkins will get a firsthand look at Jones’ start as a Titan when Arizona takes on Tennessee in Week 1.

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Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) and offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum (68) get a laugh in during Day 3 of Cardinals minicamp Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Offensive linemen Brian Winters (left) and Rodney Hudson (right) go through warmups during Day 3 of Cardinals minicamp Thursday, June 10 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins cracks a smile during Day 3 of Cardinals minicamp Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive lineman Leki Fotu goes through drills during Day 3 of Cardinals mandatory minicamp on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive linemen Zach Allen (94) and David Parry (93) avoid a collision during the Cardinals' final day of mandatory minicamp on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Wide receiver Andy Isabella (17), kicker Matt Prater (5) and wide receiver Antoine Wesley stretch during Day 2 of Cardinals mandatory minicamp on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Offensive lineman Justin Pugh cracks a smile during Day 2 of Cardinals minicamp Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Members of Arizona's defensive line get a lesson from DL coach Brentson Buckner during Day 2 of Cardinals mandatory minicamp on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive linemen Michael Dogbe (91), Ryan Bee (96) and David Parry (93) go through drills as defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (left) looks on during Day 2 of Cardinals mandatory minicamp on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive linemen Michael Dogbe (91), Ryan Bee (96) and David Parry (93) go through drills as defensive coordinator Vance Joseph (left) looks on during Day 2 of Cardinals mandatory minicamp on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive lineman Xavier Williams goes through drills during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive lineman Jordan Phillips goes through drills during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Quarterback Kyler Murray throws during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive end J.J. Watt (99) waits in line with Leki Fotu (95) as quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks on in the background during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive lineman J.J. Watt looks on during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive lineman Jordan Phillips goes through drills during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Wide receiver A.J. Green (18) and running back Chase Edmonds (2) warm up during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive lineman Leki Fotu goes through drills during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive lineman Michael Dogbe goes through drills during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Members of Arizona's defensive line during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive lineman Ryan Bee goes through drills during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports) Defensive lineman Zach Allen goes through drills during the Cardinals' first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Tempe. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)

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