Here's How the Cardinals-Texans DeAndre Hopkins-David Johnson Trade Will Impact the NFL Draft

Here's the NFL Draft implications of the shocking DeAndre Hopkins trade.
Here's the NFL Draft implications of the shocking DeAndre Hopkins trade. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Monday took every NFL fan by surprise when the Houston Texans traded away star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Yes, head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien decided to move on from Hopkins to free up some cap space and potentially avoid a sticky contract situation.

The total package? The Cardinals will receive Hopkins and a fourth-round pick, while the Texans get running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round selection, and 2021 fourth-round pick.

More importantly, how does this impact the upcoming NFL Draft?

Well, if you look at it from the Texans' standpoint, they still sit without a first-round pick, as they shipped this year's and next year's selections off to the Miami Dolphins for left tackle Laremy Tunsil. However, they did bring in an additional second-round pick this year, which could actually give the Texans the luxury of trading back into the first round. They could select Hopkins' replacement in a deep wide receiver class or address their offensive line woes.

But having to try and replace Hopkins' talent isn't ideal.

As for the Cardinals, they effectively improved their wide receiver corps to put head coach Kliff Kingsbury's air raid offense into motion. Now, young quarterback Kyler Murray has Hopkins, Larry Fitzgerald, and Christian Kirk to target entering the 2020 season.

Additionally, they successfully retained their eighth overall selection in the upcoming draft. They don't have to worry about selecting a wideout with that pick, and can now use it on an offensive lineman to protect Murray for the foreseeable future. Luckily for the Cardinals, they're in prime position to select Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills, or Andrew Thomas, the top offensive linemen in the class.

This is where it gets interesting because now things could get shaken up within the top 10. Perhaps the Cardinals would be willing to trade down if another team wanted to trade up for a QB? The offensive line talent in this draft class is deep, so if the Cards are willing to deal, they could affect the Jaguars, Browns and Jets in a big way.

Not only that, but this now guarantees to free up a wide receiver pick early on, meaning CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy could be targets of teams picking right after the Cards or others willing to trade up and take a risk. Not many mock drafts had Arizona making either of those selections, but now there's no doubt Kliff Kingsbury will be going after an offensive lineman, giving other teams clarity in terms of what's going to happen right in front of them.

Keep an eye out for a team like the 49ers, who desperately need a wide receiver and just acquired the No. 13 pick from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for DeForest Buckner.