In the 2013 NFL draft, the Houston Texans chose to take Clemson Tigers wide receiver Deandre Hopkins with their first-round pick. Throughout, the 2013 season, Hopkins flashed major skill and potential and showed the league why the Texans chose to take him in the first-round. There were other times during the season that Hopkins appeared to hit the dreaded “rookie wall” and faded away during games to the point of invisibility.
Another problem that contributed to Hopkins’ inconsistent performances throughout the season had to do with the instability at the quarterback position. The constant flip-flopping back and forth between Matt Schaub and Case Keenum really had a negative effect on the offense as a whole. Still, Hopkins managed to finish his rookie season with 52 catches for 802 yards and two touchdowns.
As mentioned before, Hopkins flashed fantasy football general managers with some amazing skills that infer he will become an elite fantasy football wide receiver for many years to come very soon. He is a big-bodied receiver that is able to control his body to shield against defenders really well, and a pair of vice-grip hands to catch anything that comes his way.
In his rookie year, he produced fantasy points like a wildly inconsistent WR-4. However, heading into the 2014 NFL season, Hopkins will be another year older and wiser, and have a new quarterback throwing him the ball. Chances seem likely that Hopkins will start the year as a WR-3 with massive upside. With a few good performances he can easily thrust his way up into WR-2 territory for fantasy owners.
Hopkins has all of the talent and skill in the world and will become an elite fantasy wideout sooner rather than later.