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2013 NFL Draft: Clemson WR Hopkins headed to NFL

By Dane Brugler | Senior Analyst

Clemson junior wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has decided to capitalize on his record-breaking junior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. His quarterback announced on Wednesday that he would be returning to Clemson for his senior season.

He confirmed the decision via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.

Hopkins is expected to be one of the first wide receivers off the board in April and is currently rated as's No. 5 wide receiver and No. 34 prospect overall. He is expected to be drafted in the first or second round.

A former top high school recruit out of South Carolina, Hopkins was productive over his three seasons at Clemson, including record-breaking numbers in 2012. He finished fourth in FBS in receiving yards (1,405 – school record) and second in touchdown catches (18 – ACC record) with a team-high 82 receptions. Hopkins earned First Team All-ACC honors and leaves Clemson with school records for career touchdown grabs (27) and 100-yard receiving games (12).

Hopkins has very good focus and quick hands to locate and pluck the ball out of the air, showing fluid body control and adjustments. He does a nice job setting up his routes to keep defenders off balance and attack the ball at it's highest point. If the ball is thrown in Hopkin's area, he goes and gets it.

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