Texans' Hopkins set to be a top rookie?

Texans' Hopkins set to be a top rookie?
June 25, 2013, 4:30 pm
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CSNHouston Staff

The Texans finally got Andre Johnson some help this offseason and did it by way of the 27th pick in the draft.

They took Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is expected to come in an immediately start opposite of Johnson. The Texans expect Hopkins to have an impact this season and they're not alone.

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah put together a list of the top seven rookies who are positioned to make an impact in their rookie seasons and Hopkins is No. 3 on the list.

"He should start right away and post 60-plus catches during his rookie campaign," writes Jeremiah, who has been impressed with Johnson's production without a weapon on the other side.

Hopkins finished his three-year collegiate career with 206 catches for 3,020 yards and 27 touchdowns. In 2012, he had 82 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns and appeared to be one of the more NFL-ready receivers in the draft.

The only two players ahead of Hopkins on the list were Tavon Austin and Chance Warmack, in that order.

No. 7 on the list is another familiar name. Vance McDonald, the tight end from Rice, is on the list. He might have a big impact with the 49ers.  

"McDonald was drafted to fill the void created by Delanie Walker's departure in the offseason. However, after the unfortunate injury to Michael Crabtree, McDonald's role could be much larger in the upcoming season," Jeremiah writes.