Are The Expectations Too High For Hopkins?
It is safe to say that the pressure is on for Houston Texans rookie DeAndre Hopkins to produce for the offense early after being taken in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Not only is the pressure on because he was drafted in the first round, but also because of the success of recent picks by the Texans.
Some of the previous first rounders include Andre Johnson, Jason Babin, Dunta Robinson, Mario Williams, Brian Cushing and J.J. Watt to name a few.
That is a list of players that have been selected to Pro Bowls, named to All-Pro teams, set records and won Rookie of the Year- among a number of other honors.
Hopkins is the first offensive player taken in the first round for the Texans since 2008. Among the last four first round picks for the Texans include Watt and Cushing.
Those two names alone have put a lot of pressure on a player like Hopkins to have to live up too.
Hopkins is also the first receiver taken by the Texans in the first round of the draft since Johnson in 2003. To build onto that pressure, the Texans have been in search of a number two receiver to complement Johnson for quite some time, but never spent a first round pick to fill that void. That is until the team drafted Hopkins this year.
While it is unsure what the expectations are for Texans an offense loaded with talent to move the ball down field, Hopkins will need to be ready to make the plays need when his number is called upon.