Posted April 26, 2013

DeAndre Hopkins Selected No. 27 by Houston Texans

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(Richard Shiro/AP)

(Richard Shiro/AP)

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There were very few certainties heading into Round 1 of this year’s NFL Draft. That the Houston Texans would try to land a top-flight wide receiver was one of them.

The Texans accomplished their goal at No. 27 overall, taking record-setting Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins. And good luck defending Hopkins and Andre Johnson at the same time, NFL defenses. We already know what Johnson is capable of at the NFL level, but Hopkins’ hands, route-running ability and desire to go after the football could make him just as dangerous a weapon.
Hopkins ran a 4.57 40 at the combine — a so-so time that fits with the scouting report on him as a great receiver but far from a burner. He does manage to get open downfield anyway, with more quickness than pure speed. He’s also physical enough to get off contact on the line.

This was the pick everyone knew Houston needed to make. Kudos to the Texans for not getting risky unnecessarily.

Grade: A. Houston is not far away from being a legitimate Super Bowl contender — some might say the Texans are there already. Hopkins certainly keeps the momentum moving in the right direction, and both Matt Schaub and Johnson ought to love this one.

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