"Faster and stronger" the offseason goal for DeAndre Hopkins 

After a season in which he caught 115 passes for 1,572 yards and 11 touchdowns, DeAndre Hopkins isn't satisfied.

The All-Pro pass catcher spent the 2018 offseason working on his hands, and this offseason, he has new things upon which he wants to improve.

"I've been working on my speed," Hopkins said. "Trying to get faster and stronger. Those are two things I feel like I can always improve on."

The seventh-year pro is in Nashville for the 2019 NFL Draft, where he'll announce the Texans' second-round selections on Friday evening. For the last couple weeks, he and his teammates have been taking part in the offseason conditioning program at NRG Stadium and the Houston Methodist Training Center. Hopkins said the time between now and the start of the regular season will be devoted to as much time as possible with quarterback Deshaun Watson and the rest of the receiving corps.

"Just working with Deshaun and the wide receiver group," Hopkins said. "And the whole offense as a whole. I'm excited to see who we draft."

Hopkins is following in the footsteps of Texans legend and former teammate Andre Johnson, who called out the Texans' second-rounder in 2017, when Houston took linebacker Zach Cunningham. When his time comes tomorrow evening, Hopkins will be ready. He spoke with Johnson and got a pointer or two.

"I did," Hopkins said. "He just said 'Look up, and say it with confidence," Hopkins said. "Hopefully the name isn't too long, so I don't mess up up there."

Check out some of the best shots from the first week of the Texans offseason conditioning program.

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