The NFL Network started a Top 100 Players list as a way to create conversation and fill dead air during the offseason on a channel dedicated to a singular sport. The players vote. People like it. When people like something media-related, other outfits will do the same and squeeze some of their own juice into it.
Pro Football Focus has followed the NFL Network’s lead. Except instead of a list detailing the top 100 players, PFF announced their top 50 players for the 2018 season. DeAndre Hopkins was the only Texan on the list. He had a PFF grade of 90.6, which was the fourth highest rating of all receivers. This is what Pro Football Focus had to say.
What Hopkins has been able to do with the disastrous quarterback situation in Houston (briefly broken up by a few games of Deshaun Watson) has been little short of spectacular. In the last three seasons, he has two overall PFF grades over 90.0 and had top 10 marks in yards per route each of those seasons. Hopkins has just 20 drops over his five-year NFL career despite some disastrous quarterback play, whose suspect ball location leads inherently to more dropped passes.
Yes, Hopkins is really good, and yes, he’s been really good despite the quarterbacks he’s played with.
It’s worth noting that Hopkins still hasn’t been ranked by the NFL Network. Tonight, NFL Network will announce Players Nos. 30-21 on their list.