HOUSTON – When the Houston Texans made wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins the 27th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft Thursday night, he became the first player the team has ever drafted from Clemson University.
However, Hopkins is not the only Clemson Tiger apart of the Texans organization – Team President Jamey Rootes is also a Clemson alumnus.
The Palmetto State is well-represented within the Texans organization with owner Bob McNair being a 1958 graduate of the University of South Carolina. Starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph is also a Gamecock.
Hopkins, who goes by the nickname "Nuke," is considered by many to be a talented receiver with great hands and excellent ball skills. The nickname refers to brand of pacifiers he had as a baby; when he was young, Hopkins had a habit of chewing through the pacifiers.
Here are a few more facts and interesting tidbits about the newest Houston Texan:
- Hopkins (6 feet, 1 inch and 214 pounds) is from Central, S.C. where he went to D.W. Daniel High School
- At D.W. Daniel High School, Hopkins had 28 career interceptions for 555 yards and five touchdowns, and 57 receptions for 1,266 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career
- Hopkins was also a four-year starter in basketball and had more than 1,300 points, 400 rebounds, 600 assists, and 200 steals in his career; led his team to a state title in basketball as a senior, the school’s first title since 1967
- Hopkins' hands, which have served him well as a receiver and basketball player, measured 10 inches at the NFL Combine; he also has an arm length of 33 3/8 inches, making it easier for him to reach for lob passes
- Coming out of high school, he was rated as the #12 wide receiver in the nation and #8 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com, #14 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com, #29 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com, #6 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep, #6 athlete in the nation by SuperPrep
- Hopkins was recruited by André Powell and chose Clemson over Michigan, South Carolina, and Tennessee
- While at Clemson, Hopkins had 206 receptions for 3,020 yards and 27 touchdowns, 12 punt returns for 82 yards, and two kickoff returns for 32 yards in 2,059 snaps over 39 games (32 starts) in his career
- He is first in school history in receiving yards, first in receiving touchdowns, first in 100-yard receiving games (12), and second in receptions
- Hopkins also had 32 receptions for 403 yards and three touchdowns in three career bowl games
- Hopkins had a game-high 13 receptions for a game-high 191 yards and two touchdowns against #7 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game
- One of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, second-team All-American by Athlon, CBSSports.com, Lindy’s, Phil Steele, and Scout.com, third-team All-American by AP, honorable mention All-American by SI.com and Sporting News
- Hopkins played basketball for the Tigers after the football season ended in 2010-11; he was a member of Clemson’s NCAA Tournament team, but did not travel to the tourney
- Hopkins is the 23rd first-round selection in Clemson history and is the first Clemson wide receiver to be selected in the first round since Rod Gardner drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2001
- At 20 years, 10 months and 13 days, Hopkins is the youngest first-round draft choice in Clemson history.
SOURCE: Houston Texans and Clemson Sports Information