Texans rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has been pushed from his first day in the league to be the team's No. 2 wideout on the first day of the regular season. He still needs to have a productive, healthy training camp, but he has his position coach very impressed.
"I just think the kid's a very talented young man," wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey said. "He's got good size, good range, and outstanding ball skills. He works. From day one, every pass he caught he sprinted not 10, not 20, 30 but 40, 50 yards down the field after the catch. That's what we ask for in our receivers.
"I was happy to see how he grasps the things we ask him to do. He studied what we gave him from the book, and then he went out and his athletic ability took over, and he was able to make plays. He's just got to continue to do that."
Kirksey also said Andre Johnson is very healthy and hasn't felt this good for "several years."
Hopkins is in the WR4 range, but I find myself favoring WRs that I think have more immediate upside, such as Vincent Brown, Michael Floyd, Kenny Britt, and Jeremy Maclin, over the Clemson rookie. I think Hopkins is a safe pick, but why not try to shoot for the moon with your reserves?