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Texans Score A Knockout: Hopkins In The First

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DeAndre Hopkins then of the Clemson Tigers makes a leaping touchdown catch. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images
DeAndre Hopkins then of the Clemson Tigers makes a leaping touchdown catch. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

With the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Houston Texans took the second receiver off the board when the team selected 6’1” wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from Clemson University.

The Texans address a key need with Hopkins, who may likely line up opposite of veteran receiver Andre Johnson.

Hopkins was the leading receiver for Clemson in 2012 with 84 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns.

He also broke school receiving records with 3,020 career yards and 27 touchdowns  and he is second in school history for receptions with 206 catches.

Hopkins now joins a Texans offense that was ranked 11th in passing yards, averaging over 200 yards per game in 2012.

Johnson was responsible for 1,598 of the team’s total 4,046 receiving yards. He also had 112 receptions, which was fourth most among NFL receivers last season.

Johnson had nearly double the amount of receptions and yards than the number two receiving target, tight end Owen Daniels.

If he wants to remain on the field, he will need to further develop that quickly to help keep the confidence of Foster and the Texans coaching staff, but if anyone can show him what is expected from him in the Texans’ offense it is Johnson, who is a physical receiver in his own right.