The 2023 NFL Draft lasted over three days and 259 picks. A lot may be dissected now that it is in the history books.
The bulk of the offseason’s work in acquiring players is concluded, except for any undrafted free agents signed to fill up the team’s last roster spots. Nonetheless, teams may make additional moves as the offseason progresses.
The conclusion of the draft may hasten the next steps of veterans still available in free agency or on the trade market, as clubs scramble to find last-minute reinforcements in positions of need. Keeping this in mind, CBS Sports have reported on three potential trades following the draft.
Malik Willis to Cardinals
The Titans, who used a third-round selection on him last year, seem to have moved on, as they used the 33rd pick this year to choose Will Levis, an athletic but unpredictable competitor to Ryan Tannehill. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have a promising young quarterback in Kyler Murray, but he may not be healthy enough to start until 2023.
In the meanwhile, the team will have to rely on a collection of older backups like Colt McCoy, Jeff Driskel, and David Blough. After seeing Jalen Hurts flourish as a dual threat in Philadelphia, new head coach Jonathan Gannon may be prepared to give Willis a go as a developmental project behind Murray.
DeAndre Hopkins to Chiefs
With Gabriel Davis under more scrutiny as the team’s No. 2 receiver behind Stefon Diggs, the Bills may need Hopkins’ services more than ever. The Chiefs prioritized wide receiver this summer, and they drafted Rashee Rice in the second round, but Rice isn’t as technically sound a possession target as Hopkins has been at full speed. Kansas City is capable of using this location to save money by relying on Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes to boost the performance of the rest of the team.
Hopkins has previously hinted that he would welcome a transfer to Arrowhead, and that’s with the team in a continuous Super Bowl window and all. The Cardinals could keep the veteran for when Kyler Murray comes back, but they’d probably prefer to get a good draft selection for the high-priced receiver now.
Dalvin Cook to Bills
After heavily promoting their fast but pricey running back, the Vikings could be inclined to break up with him if they use a late-round choice on DeWayne McBride, a possible power complement to the re-signed Alexander Mattison. The Dolphins, Buffalo’s AFC East opponent, have been more strongly connected to Cook, a native of Miami, but the Dolphins recently used a third-round pick on Devon Achane and re-signed Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson.
But the Bills, who are fighting to keep their division lead, might welcome the chance to improve upon an already potent offensive unit. Former Patriots running back Damien Harris was signed, but he won’t necessarily get significant playing time or take the lead role many are hoping for. James Cook could probably handle a full-time job, but he may choose to split carries with his brother if it improves the team’s chances of winning the Super Bowl.