Houston Texans Final Draft Day Analysis: Hopkins Highlights the Unpredictable Draft
The Houston Texans 2013 draft can definitely be seen as unpredictable because no one knows how the third day picks will turn out for the defending AFC South Champions. The team certainly scored high marks on the first two days highlighted by the selections of WR DeAndre Hopkins to play opposite of Andre Johnson and CB D.J Swearinger to learn from Ed Reed. However, the Texans are going to have to wait and see whether the latter picks pay off in the long run.
On the third and final day of the draft, the Texans had five remaining picks and choose to add depth to both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.
The Houston Texans finally answer the call for help on the opposite side for wide receiver Andre Johnson by getting selecting DeAndre Hopkins. Of course, he's not a speedster and he's a little raw, but he has tremendous upside like some of the top receivers in the NFL. Hopkins is a powerful route runner who can battle just about any defensive back he faces.
D.J Swearinger will package nicely with Ed Reed to give the Texans an upgrade in the secondary. The rest of the draft wasn't anything too colorful, but GM Rick Smith is excellent in drafting valuable players will contribute even if they're not stars. Great work but nothing fancy.
A look inside the final day of the draft for the Texans.
In their only pick of round four (124th), the Texans drafted DE Trevardo Williams, Connecticut. Williams’s size and speed makes him a likely outside linebacker in the NFL because he has the bull rush to move around the blind side and attack opposing quarterbacks. However, in a 3-4 scheme, he will have to develop the necessary pass covering skills to stay with tight ends and running backs in the flats. Williams does have the skills to be an eventual starter and could be a steal for the Texans.
The team had four picks in round six and it is these selections that left many wondering their uncertainty. They chose OT David Quessenberry, San Jose with the 176th overall. . He impressed the Texans at the Senior Bowl because his ability to block off the angle, but his value as an offensive lineman will more likely be as a backup.
The Texans finished the draft by selecting WR Alan Bonner, Jacksonville State (195th), DT Chris Jones, Bowling Green (198th), and TE Ryan Griffin, Connecticut (201st). Although Bonner will more likely not see time at wide receiver, his 4.15 forty yard run makes him a solid special teamer and possibly a kick/punt returner.
Final Draft Grade: B-