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Texans add DeAndre Hopkins to their WR corps

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The Texans, who have had a good run with first-round picks lately, selected Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins with the No. 27 overall selection in Round One on Thursday night.

Hopkins hauled in 82 passes for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns in his junior season at Clemson. The Texans, who lack a clear-cut starting wide receiver opposite of Andre Johnson after the release of Kevin Walter, could make Hopkins a first-stringer right off the bat.

The Texans’ drafting has been key to their success in recent seasons.  Consider their last five first-round picks: outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, defensive end J.J. Watt, cornerback Kareem Jackson, linebacker Brian Cushing, offensive tackle Duane Brown. Watt is a dynamic player — one of the very best defenders in the league — and Brown has become an excellent left tackle. Cushing too has shown difference-making ability at times. Jackson’s play has stabilized after a rough start to his career, and Mercilus notched six sacks as a rookie as a key reserve.

The Texans are not afraid to plug rookies right into important roles. Mercilus, Watt, Jackson, Cushing and Brown all got chances to contribute in their first NFL seasons. Given the Texans’ track record and their WR situation, Hopkins could very well get on-the-job training.

Hopkins has denied involvement in the alleged mistreatment of a hotel room assigned to him and Rutgers’ Mark Harrison.

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16 Responses to “Texans add DeAndre Hopkins to their WR corps”
  1. nativeraider says: Apr 25, 2013 11:20 PM

    Oh my goodness! The Texans actually draft a Offensive player!?

  2. darthraven887 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:23 PM

    I would have thought that Patterson would have been drafted by now…

  3. rajbais says: Apr 25, 2013 11:37 PM

    Come on Hopkins!!!

    Empower the Texans and stick it to the biggest Texans hater on the planet, Florio!!!

  4. itstariq says: Apr 25, 2013 11:45 PM

    Great pick!

  5. mjhutmkr says: Apr 25, 2013 11:52 PM

    Christmas early in Houston.


  6. davetexansfan says: Apr 25, 2013 11:53 PM

    Thankkkkkkkkkk Godddddddddddddddddddd

  7. CKL says: Apr 25, 2013 11:58 PM

    NICE pick for Hou. I was hoping the Pats would get him or Floyd.

  8. rcali says: Apr 26, 2013 12:08 AM

    I heard he crapped himself when he got picked.

  9. therealpittbull says: Apr 26, 2013 12:28 AM

    Was at the draft party. It was 50/50, Hopkins or Woods. Got a good one either way, let’s go get it!!!!

  10. damcmp says: Apr 26, 2013 12:31 AM

    The Texans don’t have a WR corps……they have Andre Johnson all all 56 TDs he has generated in 10 yrs….there is a reason he was targeted 158 times most in the league….because Walter, and Daniels are used to “pic” the defenders and let Johnson run free because he is a poor route runner….so now everyone is happy that they have Hopkins… he won’t block or pic as well as Walter and Johnson won’t get open as much so instead of 115/158/5 there will be 90/158/3

  11. philadelphiafan says: Apr 26, 2013 12:56 AM

    Great snag by Houston. He can get up and get the ball and will be a nice compliment to AJ. Dude dominated last year with almost 20 TDs.

  12. truesteelblue says: Apr 26, 2013 2:49 AM

    Nice birthday gift to me frm Rick Smith the last three years I have yet to be disappointed by the Steel Blue, Liberty White, and BATTLE RED…

  13. Andre's Johnson says: Apr 26, 2013 6:05 AM

    I’m on board with this one, though I imagine Rick Smith and Gary Kubiak had to lock Wade Phillips in a closet or pull the old look there’s donuts over there trick to keep him away from the pick.

    Hopefully Hopkins doesn’t trash the letter jacket room. No wait. Hopefully he trashes the letter jacket room.

  14. theguybelowmehasnoarguement says: Apr 26, 2013 7:08 AM

    ILB in round 2…Looks like we playing for keeps this year. Lets gooooooo

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 26, 2013 10:02 AM


    Andre Johnson’s a poor route runner? I’ll give you that he’s never had high TD numbers, but Dre being a poor route runner is laughable at best.

    I love this Hopkins pick. I didn’t see a single mock draft with him lasting to 27. Of course I didn’t see a single one with EJ Manuel getting drafted before Sharrif Floyd either.

    Hopkins had his best games against the best competition. He just absolutely carved up an outstanding LSU defense in the bowl game. Not sure he’s going to make a serious impact year one as few WR’s do, but I think he helps extend Andre’s career over the next few years.

  16. in3webelieve says: Apr 27, 2013 12:02 AM

    Lock your bathrooms Houston! DeAndre Hopkins is in the HOUSE!!!!

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