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When the Texans cut Kevin Walter, they finally realized their incredible need for a capable No. 2 receiver. Andre could not keep the passing game afloat all by himself, and Keshawn Martin, Lestar Jean and DeVier Posey are all way too inexperienced to be counted on.
DeAndre Hopkins is more than capable of filling Walter's role in the offense.
Like his counterpart in the NFL, Roddy White, Hopkins really can do it all. He has the size, athleticism and skills to become a dangerous starting receiver in the NFL.
The first thing one notices about Hopkins is his powerful hands. No matter where the ball is, Hopkins is able to pull it in. He is a beast while catching balls in traffic, making seemingly impossible receptions look natural and easy.
Hopkins also is an extremely talented route runner. Whether it's a deep, medium or short route, Hopkins is able to utilize his extraordinary cutting ability and deceptive jukes to create noticeable separation. He creates a target for his quarterback, which can make him an effective chains-mover in the NFL.
Furthermore, due to his route-running ability, Hopkins often catches the ball in open space. And when he has a clear field ahead of him, he is explosive. Utilizing a quick head fake and the occasional spin move, Hopkins constantly picks up extra yardage. Also, after taking the first hit, Hopkins fights like a man possessed, inching out every possible yard.
Hopkins possesses one more quality that makes him an extremely tantalizing prospect: his ability to produce in the red zone. Last season for Clemson, Hopkins hauled in an impressive 18 touchdown receptions, many of which occurred on desperate jump-balls thrown within the 20-yard-line.
His knack for being consistent in the red zone would be huge for the Texans, who struggle to find any sort of passing game to work when the opponent's goal line approaches.
Hopkins would provide a quick fix to the Texans' weak receiving core, and he could potentially take over Johnson's role when the superstar finally decides to hang up the cleats.