1. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans (4 Points)
DeAndre Hopkins is always in the conversation of being the best wide receiver in the NFL, so it was an easy decision — even with all of the competition in the AFC South — to place the Texans superstar at the top of the list.
Hopkins only trailed Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons in receiving yards in 2018 with Hopkins having 1,572, while Jones totaled 1,677. Hopkins was fifth in the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions, fourth in the league with 23 20-plus yard receptions, second in the NFL with 98.3 yards per game receiving and he was first of all players with 81 receptions that went for a first down.
The 2018 season also saw Hopkins make 115 receptions off 163 targets, as his reception totals put him at third in the league last season and fifth in the NFL on his target numbers, as Jones was the leader in that category with 170 targets.
All of that said, it is easy to say that the Texans aren’t near the team they’ve been without Hopkins on their roster, and he makes every player on the offense better with his presence.
Hopkins makes Deshaun Watson a better quarterback as he continues his progression in the NFL, and he makes all of the wide receivers on the roster better too, because Hopkins draws the toughest coverage each and every game and still has great success.
The best part about Hopkins’ game is that he doesn’t have to tell you how good of a player he is … rather, he just does his talking with his overall play and makes you pay attention to him that way.
Hopkins is the best player on the offense of the Texans, and if there was a draft of just AFC South players, he has to be at the top of the list as the very best choice.
Hopkins isn’t just a good or great wide receiver, he’s one of the very special wide receivers that doesn’t come around all too often, and one who is still building on his legacy. After six seasons of 7,437 yards receiving, mixed with 47 touchdowns, he’s still got a lot left to add to his career totals.
That said, the final point totals for the best offensive trio (quarterback, running back, wide receiver) in the AFC South are:
• Colts: 11 points (4 QB, 4 RB, 3 WR)
• Texans: 9 points (3 QB, 1 RB, 4 WR)
• Jaguars: 6 points (2 QB , 3 RB , 1 WR)
• Titans: 5 points (1 QB, 2RB, 2 WR)
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