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Scouting the draft: Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  April 8, 2013 07:00 AM

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Name: DeAndre "Nuk" Hopkins, WR, Clemson

Overview: The junior made quite the impact in the ACC in 2012, as Boston College fans can attest, catching 82 passes for 1,405 yards and a conference record 18 touchdowns on the year. He lit up the Eagles for 197 yards on 11 grabs with a touchdown in their matchup. It all topped off a decorated career for Hopkins at Clemson (206 receptions, 3,020 yards, 27 touchdowns) who declared for the NFL draft as an underclassmen after he was lauded as the AP's third-team All-American, a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, and a first-team All-ACC selection. He's one of the few receivers that plays faster than their 40 time (4.57 at the combine, 4.55 at Clemson's pro day) and has shown good development as a route runner. While not overly big, he's considered an outside deep threat and a possible fit for the Patriots' open X-receiver position. He'll never be able to blow the top off defenses, but he'll certainly be a serviceable receiver to any franchise. He's projected to be selected anywhere from late in the first round to the second round.

Attributes
Height: 6-1
Weight: 214

Workout results (combine)
40-yard dash: 4.57
Bench: 15
Vertical jump: 36.0 inches
Broad jump: 115.0 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.50 seconds


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