Re: 1st Round- DeAndre Hopkins WR Texans
A receiver's production is directly tied with his QB.
If he has a good QB, the receiver should be helped.
In the same article, you would find that Tyler Bray didn't help Hunter as he missed quite a few deep balls.
By the same token, Zac Maynard didn't help Kennan Allen (who isn't a speed guy to start) with his weak arm. If you don't have time to watch the California Golden Bear, you can still read about it.
Furthermore, their schedule is stacked against good secondary in the PAC 12 this past year.
Their non-conference schedule had Ohio St., who has as a good secondary as any in the country. One CB, Roby, was a Jr that is rated number one in his class, and is predicted to be the number one corner taken in the draft next year.
The other CB is Howard, our UDFA; the nickel/3rd safety is Another of our UDFA.
One of their safeties is predicted to be the number two safety in the draft next year. The other boasts 4.43 speed.
Nevada is another non-conference opponent; they had a CB Wooten who is a 6th rd pick as a safety Duke Williams who is a 4th rd pick.
Hopkins faced nowhere near the competition.
And you already know that pre-draft, I had even downgraded Allen's status to unknown, due to his lack of speed and injury concern.