2023 NFL Draft: Four veterans who could be traded on Day 2
By Matt Conner
With Day Two coming into view for the 2023 NFL Draft, it’s a prime opportunity for some teams to grab some NFL veterans on the trade block.
The 2023 NFL Draft is ready to kick off the second round at the start of Day Two here in just a bit at Union Station in Kansas City. The majority of our attention, as fans, will be upon the entrance into the league of another few rounds of rookie players who will each make their dreams of playing professional football come true. But the draft is also an important time for veteran players.
For a team like the Kansas City Chiefs, there are veteran players who could be on the move in exchange for draft assets—players either coming or going. Day three is the ideal day for low-level trades to take place, as some franchises try to offload financial burdens in exchange for something from another team willing to take on that commitment.
Let’s take a look at a few players who could be a part of such an exchange involving the Chiefs on one side or another.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR
It’s the never-ending story at this point. What will happen with the Arizona Cardinals and veteran wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins? The Chiefs have been linked to Hopkins since the beginning, but that’s also true of Odell Beckham Jr. and other vets this offseason like Adam Thielen and it didn’t mean a thing in the end.
But here in Day 2, we’re likely going to see a resolution—that is, if one is coming at all. The Chiefs and Bills have been rumored to be interested. The Ravens were, too, but they landed Beckham and drafted Zay Flowers. The Jets were in on Beckham, so maybe they’d love to see the cost for Nuk.
Hopkins went so far as to participate in a weird “body language will tell your favored place” sort of video earlier this offseason, and in that post, he ended up inferring that he would want to play in K.C. or Buffalo. Will either team offer up something enough to get a deal done with the Cardinals? Will the Cards move him after all? There’s a lot of smoke here, but it all feels more confusing than clarifying.