2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Clemson Tigers’ DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins

Wide Receiver

Clemson University Tigers

Height: 6’1 1/4″

Weight: 214 lbs.

Strengths:

Hopkins has large hands which will help him in the pro game to make difficult catches seem effortless. He can constantly get separation on cornerbacks which will help him rack up the receptions and helping his team move the chains. Also with the separation, he has a knack for finding the weak points in opposing teams’  zone defenses so he would also be an excellent wide receiver in the West Coast Offense. Hopkins also has some strength so he can use it to help him beat defensive backs for contested balls. Despite playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference for three seasons, he’s been extremely durable. And lastly, perhaps the best thing about “Nuk” every season fort he tigers, it seemed he got better and it seems that he hasn’t hit his ceiling yet so the best of him is still to come at the next level.

Weaknesses:

To be honest, Hopkins doesn’t have that many weaknesses other than he doesn’t possess elite track star speed. However, few wide receivers with his build do. To knit pick one thing about him that teams would make him a lock in the top ten is if he were 6’3 or taller.

Overall Analysis:

Hopkins is an excellent draft pick that won’t likely make it out of the end of the first round of the NFL Draft. He seemingly does everything great. He would be a great fit for a number of teams that made the playoffs. However, there could a team that picks earlier in the draft reaches and drafts him and will enjoy his services for years to come.

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