Our 2013 Big Blue View Community Mock Draft continues to roll along. We have now reached the 27th pick of the first round, which means it's time for the Houston Texans to spring into action. Playing the role of Texans' GM is 'giantsbizzybody1.' The Texans select ...
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
With the recent signing of Ed Reed and eventual return of the injured Brian Cushing to go along with the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.The Texans are pretty set on the defensive side of the ball.The Texans are talent loaded and not many holes to fill. But the WR spot opposite Andre Johnson, has gone ignored for far to long. Investing in 1st round talent to pair with a top 3 WR like Johnson, may be the ingredient to take the Texans to the next level in the playoffs.
For DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins got a lot of headlines as a true freshman in 2011 because of his exceptional skills, but Clemson's "other" receiver, Hopkins, produced consistently using his NFL body and hands. "Nuke" excited the Death Valley crowds with his big plays as a sophomore (978 yards, five touchdowns), but he took his game to the next level this past season, emerging as Clemson's No. 1 weapon for Tajh Boyd. Hopkins re-wrote the Clemson receiving record books in 2012 with 18 receiving touchdowns and to put that in perspective the No. 2 player in the ACC in touchdown grabs was NC State's Bryan Underwood with 10. Hopkins does a nice job setting up his routes to keep defenders off balance and attack the ball at its highest point - if the ball is thrown in Hopkins area, he goes and gets it. He has fluid body control and the focus to be a reliable starting WR option in the NFL. There would be no more excuses for Matt Schaub to get this team to the Conference championship and possibly the SuperBowl here in NY/NJ.
Valentine's View: Hopkins is ranked No. 21 on the SB Nation NFL Draft Big Board, making him the highest-rated receiver. In a profile of Hopkins, Matthew Fairburn writes "There are very few holes in Hopkins' game and his skills project to translate well to the NFL." It's hard to have any issue with this pick. The Texans add a weapon to a passing game that can use the playmakers.
BBV Mock Draft, Round 1
- Kansas City Chiefs -- , OT, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Jacksonville Jaguars -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Oakland Raiders -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah [Explanation]
- Philadelphia Eagles -- Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon [Explanation]
- Detroit Lions -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan [Explanation]
- Cleveland Browns -- Chance Warmack, G, Alabama [Explanation]
- Arizona Cardinals -- Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU [Explanation]
- Buffalo Bills -- Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU [Explanation]
- New York Jets -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama [Explanation]
- Tennessee Titans -- Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida [Explanation]
- San Diego Chargers -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma [Explanation]
- Miami Dolphins -- Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State [Explanation]
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas [Explanation]
- Carolina Panthers -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri [Explanation]
- New Orleans Saints -- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia [Explanation]
- Pittsburgh Steelers -- Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M [Explanation]
- Dallas Cowboys -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas [Explanation]
- New York Giants -- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina [Explanation]
- Chicago Bears -- Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State [Explanation]
- Cincinnati Bengals -- Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee [Explanation]
- St. Louis Rams -- Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International [Explanation]
- Minnesota Vikings -- Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia [Explanation]
- Indianapolis Colts, Margus Hunt, DE, SMU [Explanation]
- Minnesota Vikings -- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State [Explanation]
- Green Bay Packers -- Barrett Jones, C, Alabama [Explanation]
- Houston Texans -- DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson