The Houston Texans selected Clemson Tiger Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th overall pick in the first round of the Annual NFL Draft Thursday night. Hopkins is 6’ 1” tall and weighs 200 pounds. He had 206 receptions for a total of 3,020 yards and 27 touchdowns during his three years at Clemson. He appeared in 39 games and started at wide receiver in 32 of those games.
Hopkins is expected to start opposite of Andre Johnson, the Texans Pro Bowl Receiver in 2013. It was widely known that Houston needed a quality receiver to compliment the again Johnson, and Hopkins appears to fit that bill to perfect.
Shortly after his selection by the Texans was announced, Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison met with Houston media and gave his thoughts on the acquisition of Hopkins.
“Well, he’s a very physical receiver. He’s very strong, has very good ball skills. He catches the ball naturally. He has good run after catch, just a complete player for us.”
“Especially last year, his route content was very large. Like you said, he was productive, but he got better every year; he got more and more catches. Obviously last year was his best year. 18 touchdowns is quite a few for one season. The thing, to us, that stuck out in our minds watching him and the more you watched him was he is very competitive. He’ll catch the ball in a crowd, it doesn’t matter to him. He can go up and get the ball. He competes and wears the DBs out. He’s physical and that’s what translates and that’s what we believe that we carry week-to-week; that’s what we ask our guys to do, to compete. He really fits that mold for us.”
Shortly after Dennison finished his press conference, Hopkins had some comments when he faced the media assembled at Reliant Stadium via a teleconference. He was very happy to be joining the Texans.
“You know it was like a moment, it was, I was honored to be called to be a part of the Houston Texans. It was a great moment. I’ve been hearing the buzz, that Andre Johnson needed another wide receiver on the other side of him. When he said that, I was like, ‘I’m that guy. I can help this team win a championship.’ They have great management and I feel like that was the right move. Oh man, it’s going to be an honor. It’s going to be great learning from a veteran. I really don’t have expectations, personally. I want to win a championship. That’s my expectation,
to come in and help us win a championship.”
Hopefully, Hopkins will be the missing link offensively that will propel the Texans into the AFC Championship in 2013 and give them a realistic chance of advancing to the Super Bowl at the New Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ next February!