The Texans 2013 Draft Class: The Definitive Video Anthology (& Twitter Handles)
Prior to the draft, at his annual pre-draft press conference, Texans general manager Rick Smith eschewed the idea of drafting for need versus looking for the best values on the board:
It all began with Deandre Hopkins.
(Of course, he says this every year, because his pre-draft press conference is literally the same questions and answers every year. So similar are these sessions, I'm pondering a mini drinking game next season for it. In fact, count on it.)
That said, we all know the Texans needs going into the draft: wide receiver, inside linebackers, a safety, depth on both lines, someone to compete to start at right tackle, and another tight end.
So coincidentally, I guess, the Texans managed to draft two receivers, a safety, two linebackers, two offensive linemen, a defensive lineman, and a tight end. Go figure.
For the sake of convenience, I've compiled brief summaries, Twitter handles, and video footage of all nine draftees. All the important stuff, for you, right here!
1 (27). DEANDRE HOPKINS, Wide Receiver, Clemson
Weight: 215 lbs.
Comments: Wow, for once, the pick that everybody predicted for the Texans came true. Heading into the draft, Hopkins was the one wide receiver prospect who consistently had his name tied to the Texans. The Rams supposedly really liked him, but once they moved up to get Tavon Austin, the deck was cleared for Hopkins to fall to the Texans at 27. Make no mistake, for the Texans to take him and gush about him at 27, he will see plenty of action. An immediate starter, and potentially a number one down the road after the sad, sad day Andre Johnson calls it a career.
2 (57). D.J. SWEARINGER, Safety, South Carolina
Weight: 208 lbs.
Comments: A safety with one of the first two picks shouldn't be a big surprise, what with both starting safeties north of 30 years old, and with the Texans playing the most dime defense in the league in 2012. This pick immediately makes Shiloh Keo a full time special teamer, and that is a fantastic thing. Honestly, my biggest concern with Swearinger is the fact that he seems to be such a big hitter, he will make Goodell's "list" faster than Winger made Francis the Psycho's list in Stripes. You know the list I'm talking about...the one with James Harrison at the top.