Who to watch: Clemson v. LSU (Chick-Fil-A Bowl)

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Chick-Fil-A

Monday, December 31, 7:30pm EST

ESPN

DeAndre Hopkins, your table is ready.

Clemson

DeAndre Hopkins, #6, Junior, WR

In my November WR rankings, I named DeAndre Hopkins the #3 draft-eligible wide out in the country and, despite a slow November, I am still very high on him.  It’s almost impossible to imagine that he scored a receiving touchdown in every conference game, and in 11 of 12 games overall.  Off hand, my rough estimation is that less than 3% of wide receivers who play college ball come close to that, which shows you what kind of rare talent he is.  Also, his 1.33 touchdowns/game average ranks 17th in my database of more than 2,000 receiving seasons over the past 15+ years.  To further illustrate his absurd playmaking ability, consider that of all wide receivers who caught at least 65 passes this year, only Hopkins and Baylor’s Terrance Williams averaged more than 17.5 yards per reception.

It will be absolutely fascinating to watch Hopkins square off against an elite SEC defense in the LSU Tigers.  If he can end the year with a bang in the Chick-Fil-A bowl, I expect Hopkins to declare for the draft and be a top 70 selection.

 

 

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