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Draft Focus: WR DeAndre Hopkins

We continue our look at potential draft picks by the New England Patriots. Today we are looking at WR DeAndre Hopkins from Clemson. The Patriots are very likely to take a WR in the first round, and I think it will be between Hopkins and Hunter. Both guys fit what New England wants in a wide out in different ways. In 2012, Hopkins last year playing for Clemson, he dominated every team he faced, and even dominated the LSU Tigers of the SEC in their bowl game meeting, helping Clemson to the upset. In the bowl game versus LSU, Hopkins caught 13 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns. One of his receptions was a phenomenal grab on a fourth-and-long during the game-winning drive.

College Stats:

2010: 52 Receptions, 637 yards, and 4 touchdowns.

2011: 72 Receptions, 978 yards, and 5 touchdowns.

2012: 82 Receptions, 1,405 yards, and 18 touchdowns.

Good signs from Hopkins in college is that every year he increased his receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Hopkins is a great route runner and deep threat, both traits are what New England loves in a wide out. Hopkins has great hands, good body control, great on jump balls, and is solid in the route running, with all of that, he makes an ideal fit with New England.

Hopkins is definitely a first round pick.

Hopkins is the can’t miss receiver in this year’s draft, he will be great in the NFL, and will make an impact his rookie season. If he ends up with a good-great QB then he will make the pro bowl this year. Justin Hunter has the biggest upside and can be the best WR in this class, so I’ll say Hopkins is the second best WR in this draft class.

Strengths: Great at creating separation. Good route runner. Good body control to make catches, uses his body well. Great at jump balls, reaches the ball at highest point. Great hands. 3rd down threat, redzone threat, and deep threat. Makes all the catches.

Weakness: Average size. Won’t break many tackles. Lacks great speed.

Hopkins is 6’1 and 214 pounds. Hopkins fits with New England’s offense because he can run routes well, and will take the top off of defenses. New England loves their route runners, and New England is in need for a deep threat this season, and Hopkins is both of those in one player. Hopkins makes perfect sense for the Patriots, and would make an instant impact for Tom Brady. If New England wants a great wideout then they need to use their first round pick on either Hopkins or Hunter, because neither will be there in the second, and their chances of getting that great wideout will decrease.

The chances the Patriots will draft Hopkins on a scale of 1-10 (1 being least likely, 10 being most likely) is an 8. The reason for the 8 is because Hopkins might not be there for the Patriots, teams like the Rams and Texans could snacth him up. If Hopkins is there, then it is still a 50/50 chance because New England might want Hunter.

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2 Responses to “Draft Focus: WR DeAndre Hopkins”

  1. Alan says:

    > The Patriots are very likely to take a WR in the first round

    I think the Patriots will most likely trade down from the first round (if they can find a willing partner), or draft a safety or CB. I would predict the Patriots will pick up 3-4 rookie WR’s using either their 2nd or 3rd round pick, one or two 7th round picks, and an UDFA.

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