Dustin Hopkins: Video Highlights for Former Florida State K
The NCAA record holder for career scoring by a kicker is now entering the 2013 NFL draft as one of the top players at his position in this year's class.
Florida State's Dustin Hopkins, who made 88 career field goals and scored an FBS record 466 points over four years in Tallahassee, is a strong candidate to become the first kicker taken later this month.
You can check out Bleacher Report's official scouting report on Hopkins here.
In the following slides, we'll present a highlight package for Hopkins' kicking career.
55-Yard Winner for Clemson
There was no bigger collegiate kick for Hopkins than this 55-yard game winner against Clemson in 2011.
With the game tied at 13 and three seconds left on the fourth-quarter clock, Hopkins lined up a 55-yard field goal from almost directly between the two hashes. Starting from the Seminole logo, Hopkins made the approach and boomed the kick—high and straight. It comfortably split the uprights for a Florida State win.
The kick was even more impressive considering Hopkins had missed a game-tying field goal in the waning seconds against North Carolina the week before.
Big leg and a short memory? I'd say so.
While not an in-game highlight, this video shows the kind of accuracy and distance Hopkins has kicking the football.
The highlight begins with Hopkins connecting from 40 yards out. After every make, he places the football five yards further out, but continues to split the uprights.
By the end of the drill, Hopkins is hitting a 60-yard kick from the mid-field logo. The kick clears the upright with room to spare, showing off Hopkins' NFL-ready kick power.
Overall, he made all five of the kicks during the drill.
While consistently making field goals remains a kicker's primary task, providing a strong and accurate leg on kickoffs is also something NFL teams will look at when making an evaluation at the position.
In the provided video, Hopkins booms two separate 85-yard kickoffs.
Kicking off from the 30-yard line, Hopkins drives each kickoff out of the end zone. On the final kick, he clears the uprights on the opposite field-goal post.
Given Hopkins can consistently drive the football as shown in the video, NFL teams could feel confident in his ability to provide touchbacks at a high rate.
Distance Kick During 2011 Spring Game
Anxious to see Hopkins' range in an in-game setting? This video has you covered.
Given an opportunity to line up a 60-yard field goal in Florida State's 2011 Spring Game, Hopkins once again delivers. His compact and consistent approach allows maximum distance.
Hopkins' maximum range clearly stretches to 60 yards. His ability to make 50-yard kicks is already well-documented, as he made nine such kicks during his career at Florida State.
This highlight package from Florida State's official website might be the best collection of Hopkins' kicks available.
The video presents several of Hopkins' longest and most important kicks, including a number of 50-yard conversions.
A couple of obvious trends emerge when watching the package.
Not only is Hopkins' run-up and form very consistent from kick-to-kick, but every single attempt comes off his foot high and hard. His consistency and ability to lift the football will make him very attractive to NFL teams in need of a kicker in this year's draft.
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