Texans draft Tigers’ Hopkins, Gamecocks’ Swearinger

Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Houston Texans on Thursday night.

As the 27th overall pick, Hopkins is the 23rd first-round selection in Clemson history, the first since C.J. Spiller was the ninth pick of the NFL Draft in 2010.

Hopkins is the first Clemson wide receiver to be selected in the first round since Rod Gardner was the number 15 selection of the Washington Redskins in 2001.

Hopkins will be coached by Texans wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey, who was on the University of Alabama coaching staff when Dabo Swinney was a player, and then a graduate assistant coach with the Crimson Tide (1990-93).

With the 57th pick in the NFL Draft, the Texans selected safety D.J. Swearinger in Friday night’s second round.

A 6-0, 210-pounder from Greenwood, S.C., Swearinger served as a team captain and was considered the biggest hitter on the defense and one of the team’s top playmakers. He was recognized as a second-team All-SEC performer by the league’s coaches, the Associated Press and Phil Steele.

 

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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