With this week’s announcement that former All-Pro wide out Andre Johnson is seeking a trade out of Texas, one might assume the Houston Texans’ recevier corps was in fairly bad shape. But in fact, that could not be further from the truth.
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That point was clearly illustrated this week when NFL.com named Texans’ wide recevier DeAndre Hopkins to their All-Under 25 Team. Selected by NFL Media analyst Elliot Harrison, Hopkins is only one of two receivers chosen for the team.
Here is Harrison’s explanation for his selection of the 22-year old.
"“This was difficult. Ultimately went with Hopkins over Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin. He was more consistent than the former and didn’t drop as many balls as the latter; plus, with an extra year under his belt, Hopkins is further along than both of those two (as well as Sammy Watkins). The Texans wideout posted over 1,200 yards receiving with underwhelming quarterbacks.”"
The Texans selected Hopkins out of Clems0n with their first round pick (27th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he recorded 52 receptions for 802 yards and two touchdowns.
Hopkins became Houston’s dominate recevier in 2014, recording 75 catches for 1,210 yards and six scores. This season, he will likely make the jump to a top tier NFL recevier. That is as long as Houston can find a franchise quarterback to throw Hopkins the ball.