NFL Team: Houston Texans
Pick No: 27
Player Name: DeAndre Hopkins
Height/Weight: 6’1", 214
The Vitals: Hopkins has the size and speed to make a nasty duo with Andre Johnson and a great target for Matt Schaub.
In 2012 Hopkins had over 1,400 yards on 82 receptions and scored 18 times! He is a true scoring machine. His build will allow him to push corners and safeties around with ease, even at the pro level. He will also be learning the ropes from a future Hall-of-Famer and one of the best current wide receivers in the league, which certainly helps.
A better pick would have been: The Texans could have looked at a couple of other options here, but I think that the main idea was to get the best receiver available.
Hopkins was considered by many to be the best still on the board. They could have also looked at a guy like Robert Woods out of USC, who I had slated to be taken in this spot. Getting a wide receiver should help take more pressure off of Matt Schaub while opening things up even more for one of the best running backs in the league….which is a very scary thought.
The Verdict: Hopkins has the talent to be good; but he plays on a team and in a system that will allow him to be great. Of all the wide receivers taken in the first round, Hopkins will likely have the most fantasy value because he will see a lot of targets without any double-teams.
Don’t expect him to outshine Andre Johnson anytime soon though. AJ should be very happy that someone will take a little bit of the pressure off of him.