After an excruciatingly long wait, the Houston Texans finally have their first player on the board on the annual NFL Top 100 list on NFL Network. According to the votes of his fellow players, our own DeAndre Hopkins is the fifth-best wide receiver in the league, and the 19th-best overall player. He trails only (presumably) A.J. Green, Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones, and Antonio Brown at the position.
Hopkins exploded onto the scene in 2015 with over 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns – a Texans single season franchise record – while he claimed a litany of Pro Bowl-caliber victims like Darrelle Revis, Desmond Trufant, and Marcus Peters (twice). His body control, hands, and route running skills combined to form a nearly unstoppable production machine despite the fact that he caught passes from four different starting quarterbacks throughout the year. In fact, last year Hopkins became the first receiver in NFL history to put up four separate 100-yard receiving games in a single season with four different passers throwing him the ball.
You can see the full Hopkins segment from the Top 100 reveal show on the NFL’s official Youtube channel right here.