Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins expected to be rookie starter
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Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins expected to be rookie starter

Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told the media, "It's gonna be a very competitive situation but we took him (former Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins @Nukdabomb) there because we expect him to play very, very early." Hopkins was selected with the 27th overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He stirred up controversy when it was revealed he had trashed his hotel room at the NFL Combine. Last season, he caught 82 passes for 1,405 yards and 18 TDs.

Fantasy Analysis:

Better late than never. The Texans have finally pursued a first-round talent to be paired with Andre Johnson. Hopkins is close to being NFL-ready but it could be argued he wasn't even the best receiver at Clemson last season. Keep an eye out for a receiver named Sammy Watkins to be a first round pick next season. In any case though, Hopkins does a lot of little things well, but one thing that'll need immediate improvement is his blocking. His ability to run great routes though will put him on the field immediately.

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One of the reasons they picked this kid was because of his ability to block downfield. I'm excited to see how he turns out, though. Put all the stats up you want. It doesn't mean anything until they're in the big game.

Posted by:
hughdurlam 05/01/13 08:04 PM
FFToolbox.com Writer

I'm going by the tape I've seen. He wasn't a good blocker. He's strong enough and willing, but that doesn't mean he's any good at it. I did see a coach said otherwise, so I guess we're in disagreement about that.

Posted by:
Matt De Lima 05/02/13 10:10 AM

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