Character matters for Bob McNair, so it also matters to the Houston Texans.
With that being said, it’s hard not to wonder what happens to DeAndre Hopkins on the Texans’ draft board now that it’s being reported that Hopkins’ room was trashed at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that it was Hopkins and Rutgers wide receiver Mark Harrison’s room that was so bad that scouts and the hotel took pictures of the mess left behind.
For their parts, both Hopkins and Harrison denied that they were involved in the trashing of the room, and Schefter reports that NFL teams are buying Harrison’s lack of involvement. There are no reports of people rushing to Hopkins' defense.
Hopkins was considered to be one of the best options likely to be available at a need position for the Texans when they pick in the first round at No. 27. That rarely matters if the the organization feels there are strong enough character concerns.
The team isn’t afraid to take players off the board if they’re perceived to be character risks. Matt Schaub famously said that Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh wasn’t ‘Texans worthy.’ The question is whether the Texans feel the same way about Hopkins now.