DeAndre Hopkins: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Clemson WR

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIApril 25, 2013

DeAndre Hopkins: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Clemson WR

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    Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (6’1”, 214 pounds) was the No. 1 receiver on college football’s sixth-ranked scoring offense (41.0 points per game) in 2012. He led his team in scrimmage yards (1,405) and touchdowns (18).

    With 23 touchdowns since 2011, the junior was projected to come off the board on Day 1 or Day 2 entering the NFL draft. Before he suits up with his new team, here’s a quick rundown of the 20-year-old wideout.

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

Background

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    Full Name: DeAndre Hopkins

    Birthday: June 6, 1992

    Hometown: Central, South Carolina

    High School: D.W. Daniel High School

    Major: Community Recreation, Sport and Camp Management

    Year: Junior

    Twitter: @NukDaBomb

     

    From D.W. Daniel High School, DeAndre Hopkins chose Clemson University over offers from South Carolina, Tennessee and Michigan.

Stats

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    2010: 12 games, 51 receptions, 626 yards, 4 TD

    2011: 14 games, 72 receptions, 978 yards, 5 TD

    2012: 13 games, 82 receptions, 1,405 yards, 18 TD

     

    DeAndre Hopkins made noise as early as his freshman year, and consistently improved his stats throughout his time in college. Hopkins had 11 games of 100 or more receiving yards at Clemson. He topped 150 yards four times in his career, including two games of 190-plus yards.

    Hopkins dropped 197 yards and a touchdown (11 receptions) in a win at Boston College in 2012. In the Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU—another win—he reeled in 13 passes for 191 yards and a pair of scores.

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6’1”

    Weight: 214 pounds

    Arm Length: 33.375”

    Hand Size: 10” 

     

    Combine Results 

    40-yard dash: 4.57

    Bench reps: 15

    Broad jump: 115”

    Vertical jump: 36”

     

    Pro Day results 

    40-yard dash: 4.41

    Broad jump: 115”

    Vertical jump: 36”

     

    Sources differ regarding DeAndre Hopkins’ pro day 40 time. He either ran a time that was consistent with his combine numbers (NFLDraftScout.com) or he blazed a 4.41 (ESPN.com).

    If he did improve that much over just 11 days—his pro day was March 7—there are a few potential reasons: different conditions, a feverish workout schedule in the interim or just feeling better one day than the other.

    Or his 40 time at his pro day remained the same as the combine. His vertical leap, broad jump and bench-press workout numbers did.

Interesting Facts

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    DeAndre Hopkins was a guard on Clemson’s basketball team for a short stint after his freshman season. He played just 10 minutes over seven games, though, and didn’t get one of his two attempted shots to drop.

    He was a baller in high school, but the totality of Hopkins’ collegiate basketball career—statistically—consists of a rebound, an assist, a steal, a block and two turnovers.

    Despite hooping with Clemson in addition to football, his second-favorite sport is soccer.

    Hopkins was named first-team all-conference in 2012 with the Clemson Tigers football team. After being named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list (for the nation’s top wide receiver), he finished as one of 10 semifinalists for the award in 2012.

    USC sophomore Marqise Lee ultimately took home the award.

Observations

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    DeAndre Hopkins sustained a concussion from a car accident on Dec. 27, 2011. The single-car crash was likely caused by wet roads—Hopkins reportedly lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree. He didn’t travel with Clemson to its bowl game in Miami against West Virginia, but Hopkins showed up and led his team with 10 receptions, 107 receiving yards and a touchdown.

    West Virginia blew them out, 70-33. Fellow top NFL draft prospect Geno Smith threw for 407 yards and six scores. Tavon Austin had 123 of those yards and four TDs on 11 catches.

    Hopkins is the third member of his family, succeeding his uncle, the late Terry Smith, and cousin, Javis Austin, to play football at Clemson. His nickname, Nuk, comes from a pacifier brand.

    Yes, baby pacifiers.

    His second nickname, Ralph, was coined in high school because Hopkins’ “friends said I wore a lot of Polo.”

     

    Combine results from NFL.com.

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