As both a Houston Texans fan and a Clemson Tigers fan, on draft day I was huddled over my phone in anticipation of the 27th pick in the draft. As a Tigers fan, I’ve seen what WR DeAndre Hopkins is capable of and I was adamant that my Texans just had to make him their first round pick; no other pick would do. When the Texans announced that they had taken Hopkins, I jumped for joy to say the least. After the first preseason game, I am convinced that my desire was justified.
Now I know its just preseason, and anyone is capable of shining and then burning out come the regular season, however I feel the performance put forth by Hopkins against the Vikings on Saturday is a sign of things to come from the young wide out. Ever since the Texans drafted Andre Johnson, they have not found a legitimate number two receiver to put opposite him. The best option they have fielded to date has been Kevin Walter, who is now with the Tennessee Titans. By drafting Hopkins, the Texans have finally addressed the biggest need on the team for years.
Hopkins brings size, speed, and great hands to the Texans’ offense. In my opinion, he has the potential to be another Andre Johnson, although I don’t believe the Texans will ever truly find another Johnson. With the receivers they have behind Johnson and Hopkins, the Texans’ offense is truly ready to soar. Hopkins will take tons of pressure off of Johnson, allowing him to be even better than he has been, if that is even possible. Hopkins as well will pull in plenty of balls himself this season, as well as the cast of receivers behind the two starters.
Keyshawn Martin, Lestar Jean, and DeVier Posey are great backups to Johnson and Hopkins. Martin makes the perfect slot receiver and Jean has so much potential that he is just dying to realize. When Posey returns from his injury that he suffered in the playoff loss to the Patriots, he will make an awesome slot receiver as well as a very suitable backup to Hopkins. When you add in the running game of Arian Foster and Ben Tate, as well as pass catching tight end Owen Daniels, the Texans’ offense finally looks like one of the best in the league.
Quarterback Matt Schaub should look even better with two legitimate number one receivers to choose from, and should finally cement his place among the top QBs in the NFL. With the killer defense that the Texans have become known for and a much-improved offense, the Texans are finally ready to contend for Super Bowl glory. Hopkins is the missing piece they have been looking for.