The Houston Texans desperately needed another playmaking receiver to play opposite Andre Johnson, and that’s exactly what they got in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft in former Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins has been compared to Johnson off the field and resembles San Francisco 49ers‘ receiver Anquan Boldin on the field. Hopkins is a big, playmaking receiver that has the ability to go up and make the big plays by catching the ball in traffic.
In reference to Hopkins, head coach Gary Kubiak had this to say via the team’s website:
“I’m expecting it right off the get-go, he’s going in there, he’s gonna get the reps. It’s gonna be a very competitive situation, but we took him there because we expect him to play very, very early and touch the ball. This guy’s on his way to being a pro already, and we’ve got to help him get there real fast.”
The Texans only got 63 receptions out of their receivers besides Johnson last year. They have finally found the missing piece to bring this offense together and complement Johnson on the outside. Second year receivers DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin will compete with Hopkins for the number two spot, but with what we’ve seen from both so far, Hopkins should have no problem winning the spot.
Hopkins will be a major target for quarterback Matt Schaub this year and should put up big numbers. He should be able to come in and make a big difference right away as he will be a drastic improvement from the receivers that have played behind Johnson the past few years.