Draft Grades – Houston Texans
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I’ve been looking at the fantasy repercussions of the 2013 Draft and giving out a few grades and rankings. The grades mostly focus on fantasy-relevant positions, but I’m also examining overall positional value and strategy. A complete list of teams already covered can be found at my author archive.
No. 4 Houston Texans Grade: A
The Texans have gradually morphed into a model NFL franchise. Matt Schaub took a lot of criticism down the stretch last year, but he was still elite when throwing in the direction of Andre Johnson. With Arian Foster’s efficiency cratering, Houston desperately needed a strong No. 2 receiver in order to rejoin the upper echelon of offenses. Outside of potential small school fliers, the 2013 Draft had exactly one receiver who profiled as an immediate No. 2 and possible future No. 1. Both St. Louis and Minnesota passed up opportunities to draft DeAndre Hopkins, but Houston did not make the same mistake.
DeAndre Hopkins owns a Height-adjusted Speed Score of just 98, but he brings everything else to the table. He excelled in our various market share measures, ranked No. 1 in our Rookie WR Rankings, thrived in the 3rd-and-long situations, and put up big numbers against the best competition. Hopkins could be the missing piece for a Super Bowl run and steps in as Andre Johnson’s heir apparent.
The Texans then made value picks in D.J. Swearenger (S) and Sam Montgomery (DE/OLB), while selecting the athletic Brennan Williams (OT) to develop along their offensive line. Swearenger could be a sneaky safety selection once Vaccaro and Cyprien are off the board in your upcoming IDP rookie draft.