5. DeAndre Hopkins
Let’s start with the least likely, but not entirely out of the realm of possibility, wide receiver trade target for the Lions.
Hopkins will not be part of whatever kind of rebuild the Arizona Cardinals are undertaking. He is a little older (31 in June), and he has been increasingly banged up the last couple seasons. And that leaves out any remaining shadow of his six-game PED suspension to open last season.
But Hopkins was productive when he played last season, leading the NFL with 56 receptions over seven games from his return to the game Kyler Murray suffered his torn ACL in (Week 7-Week 14). It’s still hard to make a list of the top 10 wide receivers in the NFL without his name on it.
There is the not-so small matter of Hopkins’ contract, with two years and $34.4 million remaining, and he may also want a new deal from a new team. Also, it appears the Cardinals have a high asking price. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has reported the Cardinals are seeking a “second-round pick and more, or basically a “Christian McCaffrey package”, for Hopkins.
Until he is dealt, and it does seem to be when and not at all if, a list of wide receiver options for the Lions to possibly trade for is not complete without Hopkins.