A few weeks ago, I stated that the Houston Texans desperately needed another wide receiver to play opposite Andre Johnson. I had a feeling that the draft would unfold to leave some top WRs on the board late in the first round, and that’s exactly what happened. The Texans didn’t hesitate to take who I think was one of the top receivers in 2013, Clemson‘s DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins is another lightning fast playmaker coming from Clemson’s ranks, and in past years probably wouldn’t have lasted until the 27th pick, where the Texans nabbed him.
The Texans needed someone else to add a vertical threat to the field, and Hopkins gives them just that. He made 20 catches of at least 25 yards with five of over 50 yards, as well as ranking second in the FBS with a school-record 18 touchdowns and leading the ACC in receiving with 1,405 yards.
Not a bad resume, and Texans QB Matt Schaub has to be happy having that type of production entering the huddle.
Hopkins is known for his athletic circus-style catches, and at 6’1 he’s got good height to go along with a big body that he uses to box out defenders like an NBA center. He’s also accustomed to being used as a blocker, having to help clear more than one path for Clemson QB Tajh Boyd.
The Texans can now utilize more multiple receiver sets, and become less dependent on play action, which will lessen some of the burden on star running back Arian Foster.
Great pick for the Texans which helps put them right back in the mix in the AFC South.
For more information on DeAndre Hopkins check out his 2013 NFL Draft Profile here!