Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 1/27 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, 6-1, 214, Clemson...The coaches are looking for a starter opposite Andre Johnson. Hopkins is a hard worker and a fast learner who gets off the line well and fights for the ball. He's aggressive and fearless. If he doesn't start right away, it'll be an upset. QUOTES TO NOTE: "I bring a championship mentality. Whenever the ball's in the air, I feel like it's mine, no matter where it is or who's around me. I feel like I'm a physical receiver, and I bring an edge to the Texans." - Receiver DeAndre Hopkins, when asked about what he can offer the Texans right away. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 1/27 - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, 6-1, 214, Clemson...The coaches are looking for a starter opposite Andre Johnson. Hopkins is a hard worker and a fast learner who gets off the line well and fights for the ball. He's aggressive and fearless. If he doesn't start right away, it'll be an upset. QUOTES TO NOTE: "I bring a championship mentality. Whenever the ball's in the air, I feel like it's mine, no matter where it is or who's around me. I feel like I'm a physical receiver, and I bring an edge to the Texans." - Receiver DeAndre Hopkins, when asked about what he can offer the Texans right away. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Receiver DeAndre Hopkins, whose nickname has been "Nuke" since he was a child, prefers to be called by his first name. If he plays the way the coaches believe he will, he can be called anything he wants. Hopkins said quarterback Matt Schaub and defensive end J.J. Watt texted him right after he was drafted with the 27th pick in the first round. "Me and Matt Schaub texted back and forth a couple times last night," he said. "J.J. Watt texted me and told me congratulations and be ready to come in and compete for a Super Bowl." Hopkins is eager to talk to receiver Andre Johnson. "I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to say, but I'll let it play out," Hopkins said. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Texans believe WR Hopkins ready to compete...Three days before the first round of the draft, Texans general manager Rick Smith told the media he would never reach in the first round but if need meets value, the team hits a home run. After selecting Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins with the 27th pick in the first round, the Texans felt as if they'd hit a grand slam. They filled a need and got the receiver they had targeted in recent weeks. Hopkins (6-1, 214), who ran 4.51 at the combine but was timed in the 4.4s at his pro day, had 82 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior last season. "I was holding my breath until we were able to get him," offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. "He got better every year in college. He's physical and strong with good ball skills and long arms. He'll fight for the ball and take it away. When it's in the air, he'll come down with it." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Before the draft, the Texans thoroughly investigated the incident in which Hopkins' hotel room at the combine in Indianapolis was trashed on the last day. Hopkins denied involvement, saying he left early. The Texans had no problem taking him. "We had (receivers) Larry (Kirksey) check it out, and, of course, the security people," Dennison said. "We feel real comfortable about the kid and his background and everything that he's done at Clemson. It has all been very, very positive."
Hopkins said the Texans never asked him about the incident. "No, they didn't because they knew I didn't have anything to do with it," he said. "I didn't hear a call from too many teams about it because it was cleared two months ago." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The Texans entered the draft needing a receiver to play opposite Andre Johnson. As soon as the Texans learned DeVier Posey would have a long and difficult recovery from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon, they began their search for a receiver. Posey, a third-round pick last year, was just getting the hang of playing in the NFL when he suffered an injury so serious he might not be ready before midway through next season. Hopkins will compete for the starting job with Keshawn Martin and Lestar Jean. "He got better every year," Dennison said about Hopkins' Clemson career. "Last year was his best with 18 touchdowns. "The more you watched him, he's very competitive. He'll catch the ball in a crowd. He can go up and get the ball. He competes and wears the defensive backs out. He's physical.
"He really fits that mold for us. He'll compete with the other receivers and get a chance to take his snaps and get the ball. He beat man coverage just by being physical. He has great length and great ball skills. He plays fast, has explosion in his routes. I think he'll do a great job for us." - The Sports Xchange