Prospect: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
By Clint Clearwater
NFL Draft Director and Senior Writer
February 14, 2013
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200 40: 4.56
Strengths: Pretty good size. Has long arms. Very good hands; reliable. Not afraid to go across the middle and can catch the ball in traffic. Dangerous and elusive after the catch. Shows good agility. Has great awareness; knows where the defenders are even with his back turned to them; looks like natural ability. Also does a good job of finding the holes in the coverage. Makes very quick and clean cuts. Runs pretty good routes; I was impressed. Also shows good footwork. Very physical WR, able to beat press coverage and break tackles. Good jumping ability; gets ball at its highest point. Offensive playmaker; clutch. Shows tremendous focus throughout the game.
Weaknesses: Overall speed is not elite. Even though I was really impressed with his hands, there were times where he caught the ball with his body. I would like to see him blocking more on running plays.
Summary: DeAndre Hopkins really has some impressive game tape. I really enjoyed watching Clemson’s bowl game this year; especially on that last drive where they kept going to Hopkins over and over again and the defense still couldn’t stop him. Hopkins really has a lot to offer NFL teams and he certainly looks like a potential number 1 receiver at the next level. He’s got pretty good size and strength; runs great routes and has very reliable hands. Teams will be concerned with his speed but when you watch the tape, I think he’s plenty fast enough. I believe he will be drafted in the first 25 picks.
Draft Projection: 1st Round