DeAndre Hopkins: Video Highlights for Former Clemson WR
With an NFL body and NFL hands to match, Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins looks like a very intriguing prospect in the 2013 draft.
Hopkins' 6'1", 214-pound frame has the look of a wide receiver ready to jump into the NFL immediately and make an impact for whatever team drafts him (likely in the late first round or early second round). His focus and speed are also quite outstanding, and his 18 touchdowns in 2012 (a Clemson record) gives him a reputation as a receiver with a nose for the end zone.
Here's a look at some of Hopkins' best work at Clemson, which will hopefully offer a glimpse of things to come for him.
4-Yard Touchdown Reception vs. Auburn (2012)
Hopkins would begin the year with a monster performance against Auburn, catching 13 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown to lead Clemson to victory.
Hopkins' lone touchdown of the game (and first of the season), is the type of touchdown that NFL scouts want to see out of a receiver his size, a fade route where Hopkins had to battle for the jump ball. Hopkins would win the battle with Auburn cornerback Chris Davis (who was later called for pass interference on the play).
Hopkins not only caught the ball but also had both feet come down in the corner end zone, which is a great indicator of his success using the same route in the NFL (in college football, only one foot has to come down inbounds).
It was only Hopkins' first of what would be many touchdowns in 2012.
60-Yard Touchdown Reception vs. Florida State (2012)
Why not start this one off with a bang?
That's the sound the Florida State secondary likely heard as Hopkins breezed past a distracted Terrence Brooks, leaving nothing but green in Hopkins' path toward the end zone once he caught the pass that quarterback Tajh Boyd seemed to float in the air forever until it found its pinpointed target.
62-Yard Touchdown Reception vs. North Carolina State (2012)
On this play you'll see Hopkins get past fellow draft prospect David Amerson of North Carolina State with the ease of getting past an orange parking cone.
One little move a good five yards past the line of scrimmage along with a pump fake by Boyd created enough space to not only allow Hopkins to make the catch untouched but to also waltz into the end zone to put the Tigers up 34-24.
The route itself was a masterful one, and Hopkins ran it to perfection, something that NFL coaches will surely appreciate.
58-Yard Touchdown Reception vs. Georgia Tech (2012)
The play looked like a disaster from the start, as quarterback Tajh Boyd looked like his only hope was to throw up a prayer.
Yet in the end, there was Hopkins, wide open to turn potential disaster into a Tigers score.
Hopkins was all alone on an island and had to fight his way to get open. But once Boyd found him, the strike was made, then Hopkins took care of the rest, prancing into the end zone once again on an afternoon when he would score one more touchdown while gaining 173 yards on seven catches.
31-Yard Reception vs. LSU (2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl
The 2012 edition of the Chick-fil-A Bowl might as well have been named the DeAndre Hopkins Bowl thanks to an impressive performance where Hopkins recorded 13 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns while leading Clemson to a last-second victory over the LSU Tigers.
One of Hopkins' better plays from that game wasn't one of his two touchdown receptions, but rather a 31-yard reception on 2nd-and-9 from the Clemson 41-yard line in the second quarter.
The catch itself came off of a good throw, but you'll notice that Hopkins is being held by cornerback Tharold Simon both before and during the catch itself and that Hopkins was still able to power out of the hold after the catch to get out of bounds. Despite Hopkins' strength in getting free, the penalty was still called on Simon (declined by Clemson).
It would only be three plays later when Hopkins would score his first of two touchdowns against the LSU defense that day, a day when he seemed to feast on LSU's secondary.