The Houston Texans selected Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Fantasy analysis: Houston clearly needed another playmaker in the passing game, and Hopkins will get to learn the ropes from one of the league's best in Andre Johnson. This also gives the Texans a potential future No. 1 once Johnson hangs 'em up.
Hopkins has been dominant at times in college but has also disappeared on occasion. He has good size at 6-foot-1, 214 pounds and a large catching radius (10-inch hands, 33 3/8-inch arms). He has a limited history with running the route tree and possesses average straight-line speed (4.57-second 40). Hopkins was reportedly involved in an incident at the NFL Scouting Combine that resulted in a trashed hotel room, although he has denied involvement. All of that is bridge under the water now that he is in the NFL.
His fantasy value largely depends on whether Hopkins can capture a starting job before the season kicks off. The Texans have a few young, promising wideouts (Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin) and remain committed to giving running back Arian Foster the rock. Owen Daniels will want his, too, at tight end, so just how many passes can Hopkins secure? Expect a few big games from Hopkins as a rookie, but it may be difficult to predict when. He's a late-round flier as a backup and a WR4/5 as a starter.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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