With the NFL’s top 100 well under way, we here at Real Sport thought we would give you our own version: The RS 100. Every writer here had the chance to vote for the 100 best players from the 2015 season. This ranking was done regardless of position value or salary cap cost. It was simply based on who had the best 2015 season. As a result you won’t see quality players like Jordy Nelson anywhere on our ranking as he didn’t play a single snap in the 2015 season.
Voting panel: Toby Durant, Remy Cabache, Cameron Tennyson, Rebecca Rennie, Daniel Hernandez, David Pruett, Ryan Tolster
DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver, Houston Texans
(TD: #19, RC: #15, CT: #12, RR: #10, DH: #13, DP: #13, RT: #17)
The current generation of wide receivers in the NFL is one of the most talented and almost certainly the flashy for a while, and Hopkins was near the top of the lot last season. For much of the season, the Texans had very little to cheer about, Hard Knocks, J.J. Watt and Hopkins were the only real things that they had until early November. I mean, who can forget this from Hard Knocks?
That was just the first sign that Hopkins was about to produce something special for the Texans this season. Every week, Hopkins seem to produce a jaw-dropping one-handed catch, literally weekly. His season went as far from beating the then undefeated Bengals with a one handed catch:
To burning Darrelle Revis for a TD and then having another one-handed catch on him:
Come the end of the season, Hopkins had amassed 11 catches for 1521 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those are great numbers for any season, but considering the fact he had to play with 4 different QB’s, none of which are exactly elite, and that he was the only real receiving threat on his team so got all of the double teams it is really a testament to his quality what he accomplished last year.
Hopkins is certainly the star of the Texans offense and he played like it pretty much every week. With the additions that the Texans made this offseason and in the draft, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hopkins continue his ascent up the receiver rankings.