There are 12 former Clemson Tigers working out today at Death Valley hoping to earn a shot at the big time in the NFL next season, but the main one all the scouts have their eyes on today is WR DeAndre Hopkins, who is projected by many to be the No. 1 wide receiver in the upcoming NFL Draft.
After a super 2011 campaign and an even better 2012 season, Hopkins quickly rose up the draft list of many NFL teams as they looked for an impact receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft. Hopkins didn’t disappoint by running a 4.46 on his first 40 attempt and a 4.41 on his second for the 46 scouts that were in attendance today. There was no official report for any vertical leap or bench press for Hopkins.
Also high on the scouts’ eyes today is tight end Brandon Ford and defensive end Malliciah Goodman. Ford did not run a 40 day, but did jump 37 inches in the vertical and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times. Goodman ran a 4.62 and a 4.52 in the 40, but no official report was release on his bench or vertical leap.
Not present for today’s events was running back Andre Ellington who suffered and injury at the NFL Combine a few weeks ago. Ellington will have a separate private workout on March 29.
Also working out today for Clemson and the NFL was kicker Spencer Benton, defensive back Xavier Brewer, wide receiver Jaron Brown, center Dalton Freeman, safety Rashard Hall, defensive back Jonathan Meeks, linebacker Jonathan Willard, safety Carlton Lewis and linebacker Corico Wright.
Here are the complete results from today’s event:
40 Yard Dash – Brown 4.29 (first), Goodman 4.62 (first) and 4.52 (second), Hopkins 4.46 (first) and 4.41 (second), Freeman 4.83 (chose to run once only), Wright 4.50 (second), Willard 4.59 (second) and Brewer 4.52.
Bench Press 225 Pounds – Freeman 34 reps, Wright 26 reps, Willard 20 reps, Brewer 21 reps, Ford 17 reps and Hall 19 reps.
Vertical Jump – Brandon Ford 37 inches and Freeman 32 inches.
As more stats are officially release from this closed to the media session, they will be updated.
No matter what happens with these 12 guys in a few weeks, their futures are bright as each one participating today will graduate with a degree. Kudos to Clemson for living up to the emphasis on the student to these athletes.
M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.
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