DeAndre Hopkins, yes, please.

Coming into the season Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins wasn’t even considered to be the best pass-catcher on his own team, playing opposite 2011 1st team All American Sammy Watkins.  But, a combination of Watkins missing games and Hopkins increasing his level of play led to Hopkins early season success and rapport with Tahj Boyd.  And once he got going, hardly anybody slowed down Hopkins.  Now, he’s one of the top 5 WR prospects in the 2013 draft.

On a per game basis, check out these numbers:

6.3 catches (top 10, last 15 years in ACC)

108 yards  (#2, last 15 years in ACC behind only Torry Holt)

1.4 touchdowns  (#2, last 15 years in ACC behind only Torry Holt)

Pretty outrageous, right?  To bolster his case, he improved in all 9 of my receiving metrics from 2011 to 2012, indicating that he’s still evolving as a player.  A few names that might also jump out at you that compare VERY similarly to Hopkins: Torrey Smith, Roddy White.

Keep an eye on Hopkins from now through April and stay tuned to see where he lands in my pre-draft guide.

2 thoughts on “DeAndre Hopkins, yes, please.

  1. Keith

    I know this thread is more about DeAndre Hopkins, but I was wondering what your updated thoughts on Keenan Allen are.

  2. Hey Keith,

    Good question. In my November WR prospect rankings, I said that Allen was the #4 WR draft eligible receiver on my board. Seeing as he has not played since then, there’s no new data to consider. Also, one of the guys I had ahead of him is staying in school, thus eliminating some competition. Although I haven’t released my final WR rankings yet, it would be a safe bet to include Allen in the top 6 of his position. I can be more specific after his combine workouts, but as of now I’d say he’ll get drafted somewhere between pick 25-60.

    4) Keenan Allen, JR, California (6’3” 210lbs)

    Draftability Comparison: Dwayne Bowe, Rueben Randle

    86 productivity grade

    #1 in last decade of Cal, 2011 was #2 best

    #5 in last decade of Pac12

    improved in 4 of 9 metrics from 2011 to 2012

    Allen is on pace to finish with the fifth highest productivity grade of any Pac12 wide receiver of the past decade. In 2011 Allen posted the most productive season in Cal’s recent history, topping the likes of Desean Jackson and Lavelle Hawkins. In 2012, Allen has become an even BIGGER focus within the Cal offense. Unfortunately he injured his PCL a few weeks ago and looks likely to miss the rest of this season before declaring for the NFL draft.

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