It’s just the 2nd time Houston has drafted a receiver in the 1st-round and just the 1st time since Andre Johnson was selected 3rd overall back in 2003. Hopkins is expected to take over the No.2 receiver spot across from Johnson which could prove very profitable as Texans receivers NOT named Andre Johnson recorded 63 receptions for 841 yards (13.3 avg.) and 4 touchdowns in 2012. Hopkins is 6-foot-1 and 214 pounds and has a great track record going back to his days in Clemson. In 3 seasons Hopkins was able to record 206 receptions for 3,020 yards and 27 touchdowns including 18TDs in 13 games last season.
Hopkins re-wrote the Clemson receiving record books in 2012 with 18 receiving touchdowns and to put that in perspective the No.2 player in the ACC in touchdown receptions was NC States WR Bryan Underwood with 10. He has fluid body control and the focus to be a reliable starting WR opposite Andre Johnson. Drawing comparisons with the Falcons WR Roddy White, Hopkins has solid size and frame with plenty of room to grow, strong natural receiving hands, quick feet off the line, able to beat press coverage and is a solid route runner in all short, intermediate, and deep games as well as coming across the middle of the field. Hopkins will be worth a late round pick as a sleeper, a mid- to late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and very likely a Top 15 pick in rookie-only drafts.