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.