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How does one profess his love to/about a football player but yet do it in a way that doesn’t suggest a trip to Minnesota to elope? If someone were to ask me which receiver will be the best 10 years down the road out of this draft class, I would answer with DeAndre Hopkins. He is the most solid receiver in this class and could go to any team and contribute. Luckily for him, he landed in Houston where they have desperately needed a good receiver alongside Andre Johnson for years. If you have the 1.02 or higher in a rookie draft then do not hesitate to take DeAndre Hopkins.
For some who play fantasy football, it is all about minimizing risk and getting the maximum reward. If you do play like that then you are similar to me. The risk that someone like Cordarrelle Patterson, Marcus Lattimore, or Christine Michael present makes you want to cringe. However someone like DeAndre Hopkins makes you wanna squeal with glee… Or maybe he just makes me squeal with glee. Here we have a receiver with all the tools to have a long lasting successful career in the NFL. Hopkins has great hands, good speed, can run routes, is effective running after the catch, is in a prime situation in Houston, and is only turning 21 in June.
Want to know how soon he will produce? Well most analysts have him down as being a fantasy WR2 in 2013. I see him as more of a WR3 with WR2 upside his first year. However after that then expect WR2 stats with WR1 upside. Considering his good character and no questions about work ethic, I expect him to stay on top of his game for many years to come. The receiver I compare him closely to in the NFL is Roddy White. Roddy White has been my receiver crush for a while now and it is mostly due to him being a super dependable receiver in the NFL and in fantasy.
In college DeAndre showed nothing but improvement over his 3 years. He matured as a person and improved as a player. His final year he finished with 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 TD’s. He actually set the Clemson team record with 18 receiving TD’s. Watching any game tape of him will show you why Tajh Boyd (Clemson QB) had Hopkins as his go to man. Even with the explosive Sammy Watkins (Clemson WR) on the field, Hopkins was Boyd’s safety blanket.
In the history of the Houston Texans, this is only the second time that they have selected a WR in the first round. The other time was when the Texans nabbed Andre Johnson in 2003 with the 3rd overall pick. With only DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin in Hopkins way (both worthy of being a WR3), he should fly up the depth chart in no time.
Earlier in the article I said I would take Hopkins with the 1.02 or later and wouldn’t hesitate doing it. Why is that? Well the only player I find worthy of the 1.01 is Giovani Bernard since him and Hopkins were equal in my book but Bernard is a RB, which holds more value than a WR in fantasy football.
What should you do if your rookie draft has happened and you want Hopkins? Well your best bet is to find out what that owner feels about Hopkins. If he loves him too then it may be hard to pry DeAndre from him so you may need to wait till next years rookie draft comes up and throw your 2014 first at him in hopes that he has rookie fever. If the owner just picked Hopkins because he was the BPA then you may be able to get DeAndre for a fair price. Just try to hide your love and excitement for him until after you get him.