Unlikely allies: DeAndre Hopkins, D.J. Swearinger looking to make instant impact

The Clemson Sports Blog

Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins catches a 43-yard touchdown pass over South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger (36) and Akeem Auguste in the first quarter against South Carolina on Saturday.

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Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins catches a 43-yard touchdown pass over South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger (36) and Akeem Auguste in the first quarter against South Carolina on Saturday.

Did the Houston Texans hit the NFL's rookie jackpot?

According to NFL.com, don't be surprised if the Clemson-South Carolina duo of DeAndre Hopkins and D.J. Swearinger emerge next season as the top 1-2 rookie punch in the 2013 draft.

Columnist Chris Wesseling took a look at the NFL's rookie class after the conclusion of mini-camp last week and compiled a list of nine players he believes will make an instant impact next season.

Two of the nine are Texans, via the Palmetto State's contentious rivalry.

Hopkins, who was Houston's first-round pick, has been impressive since the day he put on a Texans uniform.

Wesseling wrote:

"Under general manager Rick Smith and coach Gary Kubiak, the Texans habitually have dispensed the notion of competition when it comes to first-round picks. They are drafted to be thrown into the fire as immediate contributors. Kubiak's praise for Hopkins already has run the gamut from "extremely special" to "obviously very gifted" and "very competitive."

Asked how quickly Hopkins might be ready for a major offensive role, Kubiak replied, "I'm expecting it right off the get-go."

Of former Gamecocks' safety Swearinger, Wesseling notes:

"The No. 57 overall pick continues to impress the Texans coaching staff with confidence, instincts and ball skills. 'He's very smart in picking things up with what we're doing,' Kubiak said last week. "I think he's going to be a big contributor early."

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