Oct 6, 2012; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (6) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft 2013: Houston Texans Select DeAndre Hopkins No. 27 Overall

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In 2012, the Houston Texans suffered a devastating fall from grace and despite starting the season off with an absolute bang, they dropped the ball and fell hard in the playoffs. After posting another unimpressive early exit from the playoffs, the Texans recognize that they need to make some changes on both sides of the ball to fill holes and needs.

The reason the Texans have been so good is they’ve drafted very well in recent years, so the track history to draft well this season is there. THe only question is what hole would they plug with the 27th overall pick?

Turns out they decided that Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was the answer to the question: what can fix this Texans offense?

Hopkins is regarded as one of the best wide receivers in the draft, but no one thought he’d be the second receiver off the board. Hopkins drew some unwanted criticism when his name was floated as one of the players who trashed a hotel room at the combine. But Hopkins denied the story and it clearly did little to hurt his draft stock.

For the first time in his career, Andre Johnson now has a tall, dangerous deep threat to compliment him which could make him more effective than ever. The pick is also a direct call to Matt Schaub to step up, as the quarterback now has few excuses as to why he’s not producing on a high level.

The NFL Draft is just getting started, so be sure to stay tuned to FanSided all weekend long to get the most up to date info on everything that happens at Radio City Music Hall.

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