04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 17. WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (6-1, 214, 3JR)...Although not the biggest or fastest, Hopkins is able to win and be productive with his ability to change gears in his routes, create space and attack the ball in the air. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/2013 - Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is expecting to hear his name called early in next week's NFL Draft. But reports accusing Hopkins of trashing a hotel room at the NFL Combine in February might change when his name is actually called. Urine and feces were found in the bathroom, toothpaste was left on the mirror and leftover food was on one of the beds in the first-floor room at the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis as the combine was concluding. The room's occupants did not make any attempt to clean up the mess, and now, according to NFL.com teams are aware of those responsible. And fingers are being pointing at Hopkins, the 41st ranked player and sixth ranked wide receiver in the draft, according to nfldraftscouts.com.
Hopkins' agent, Hadley Engelhard, denied his client was responsible for the mess. "DeAndre had as much to do with it as you did," Engelhard told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. "We have no idea. We don't know. We haven't been asked about it officially." Hopkins spoke to FOXSports.com Thursday night and said he didn't hear about the vandalism until the next day from his agent. "Luckily, thank God, my agent got my flight booked early or it really would've been questionable if I did [it] or not," he said. "I got done before Mark Harrison, so I was already packed. I already took a shower and packed and everything. Mark came in and we spoke for at least 20 minutes about the combine. Then the bellman came in and helped me get my bags out. And I left. That's, honestly, all I can say." Harrison, a wide receiver out of Rutgers shared the room with Hopkins. Harrison denied any involvement with trashing the room. - The Sports Xchange
03/16/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: DeAndre Hopkins, WR (6-1 1/4; 210 pounds) - "He's going to be the most evaluated player in the draft because he plays faster than his speed indicates," NFL.com's Gil Brandt said. "He was an excellent basketball player. He's got really soft hands and knows how to position his body. He's probably going to be a second-round pick." Hopkins had times of 4.58 and 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He was timed at 6.83 seconds in the three-cone drill. His vertical jump, broad jump and bench were all the same as from combine. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/08/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins chose not to do that Thursday, for reasons only he understands. A tremendously productive receiver, some teams thought of Hopkins as a late first-round draft choice after his junior season, but those views were tempered somewhat when he ran a 4.57 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last month.
Hopkins had a chance to improve that mark Thursday, and he did, barely, improving to 4.55. His speed is a bit of an issue and the sure-handed receiver didn't have his best day catching the football, either. Twice, Hopkins dropped long passes thrown right to him, and on one other he allowed the ball to get into his body before he could secure it rather than catching it out in front of himself with two. No big deal to the Clemson fan who loves Hopkins, but it was noteworthy to the scouts and other talent observers on hand to watch him. - Bart Wright, Greenville News
03/08/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: What happened with that 40-time at Indy, and why was it so much better this week? Which teams have shown the most interest in him? Was there a problem catching the ball - maybe nerves, too many eyes watching him?
Hopkins could have helped himself by answering five minutes of those kinds of questions, as he will have to when he's an NFL player in August, but he refused to speak to the media, without explanation, walking away surrounded by a protective wall of friends. It was a missed opportunity for Hopkins in that respect. It's college stuff to play the prima donna and walk past the media, but in the NFL, locker rooms are open. Players, especially rookies, don't have the luxury of hiding from the media. - Bart Wright, Greenville News
03/07/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: While the NFL will have to wait another season for quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, this year's group of Clemson players still boasts some impressive pro prospects. Leading the way is wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who improved his 40-yard dash time and looked impressive catching the ball during drills.
Hopkins ran a 4.57 at the combine, but improved that number on Thursday with 40-yard dashes in the 4.4's and low 4.5's. As expected he shined during catching drills, receiving passes from former quarterback and Clemson assistant Joe Craddock. Hopkins did nothing to hurt his chances of being one of the first wide receivers off the board, possibly in the top-32 picks. "Big improvement from 4.57," Hopkins stated after his workout. "I've been making big strides to improve." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/07/2013 - 2013 Clemson Pro Day: Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has run a 4.41-second time in the 40-yard dash at Clemson in front of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and personnel from 31 NFL teams. Hopkins, 6-foot-1, 214-pounds, was the top attraction among the 12 ex-Tigers who worked out Thursday. Only the Chicago Bears didn't have a representative on hand in the team's recently opened indoor football facility.
Hopkins set several school records last season, finishing with 82 catches for 1,405 yards. He also caught an Atlantic Coast Conference record 18 touchdowns. Never the fastest receiver, Hopkins ran a 4.57-second 40 at the NFL combine last month. He bettered that in both his attempts at this session, putting up his fastest time on his second run. Hopkins also was crisp in pass-catching drills. - AP Sports
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Tale of the tape: With scouts having seen most of the top prospects "on the hoof" over the fall and getting a second look at them on the "catwalk" before senior all-star games, the official measuring of heights, weight, hand and arms conducted during the Combine is only occasionally newsworthy ... except when it comes to underclassmen, whom scouts often haven't seen up close yet.
One of the wideouts competing for a spot in the first round is Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins and scouts are anxious to get the correct measurements on him. Listed at 6-1 and 205 pounds on the Clemson roster, Hopkins' game is predicated on his quickness, route running and ability to attack the ball in the air. While scouts know he isn't the biggest or fastest, scouts will feel better about their evaluations if he measures close to his listed height and weight. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/11/2013 - 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. Deandre Hopkins@Nukdabomb...It's been one hell of a ride tiger nation but I'm takin my talents to the next level nfl
Hopkins is expected to be one of the first wide receivers off the board in April and is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com'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. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/10/2013 - Clemson All-America receiver DeAndre "Nuk" Hopkins, who caught at least one touchdown pass against all 12 FBS opponents the Tigers played in 2012, has decided to forego his senior year and will enter the 2013 NFL draft. Hopkins told his teammates at a team meeting late Thursday afternoon. "It is tough to leave because this is my home, this is the place I wanted to play since I came out of the womb," said Hopkins. "But, I feel it is best for me and my family to take my talents to NFL at this time. "I have to thank the Clemson alumni, the fans, the coaches and my teammates for all the support they have given me through the good times and the bad. No matter what I will always be a Clemson Tiger."
Hopkins had one of the best seasons in Clemson history from a receiving standpoint. The native of Central, SC and nearby Daniel High School had 82 receptions for 1405 yards and 18 touchdowns in 13 games. He established ACC records for touchdown receptions in a season, consecutive games with at least one touchdown reception (10) and most games with a reception touchdown (12).
He finished the season with 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson's win over seventh ranked LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, a 25-24 Clemson victory. His yardage total was a record for the 45-year old bowl game.
"Nuk was a big reason we won 11 games and reached a final number-10 national ranking," said Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "We have had many talks and he feels it is the best thing for him and his family. I fully support him in his decision." - Clemson football
12/31/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR DeAndre Hopkins, who played second fiddle to freshman sensation Sammy Watkins last season, took advantage of Watkins' two-game suspension early in the season to emerge as the Tigers' top pass catcher. Hopkins had 1,214 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns, the second-best total in the nation, and needs just six catches in the bowl to break Clemson's single-season record set last year by Watkins. They form a formidable 1-2 receiving tandem that will prove key if Clemson hopes to put up points against LSU's defense. - The Sports Xchange
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN THIRD TEAM: WR - DeAndre Hopkins, junior, Clemson...Hopkins has been named a second or third-team All-American by five services. In 2012 he has 69 receptions for 1214 yards and 16 touchdowns. He ranks second in the nation in touchdown receptions and it is a Clemson record. He needs just one touchdown catch against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to tie the ACC single season record. That would also establish the ACC record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch. He has a streak of nine active entering the bowl game.
Hopkins has caught at least one pass in 35 consecutive games over three years. The Clemson record is 36 by Jerry Butler from 1975-78, so Hopkins can tie that mark as well in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He already holds Clemson career records for touchdown receptions and receiving yards. - Clemson football
12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: WR-DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, 6-1, 200, Jr., Central, S.C. (22), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team.
Hopkins finished the regular season with 69 receptions for 1214 yards and 16 touchdowns. His 16 touchdowns rank second in the nation and are just one short of the ACC single season record of 17 set by Duke's Clarkston Hines in 1989. Hopkins has already set the Clemson season touchdown record and he needs just six receiving yards to break Sammy Watkins record of 1219 set last year.
The native of nearby Central, SC averages 17.6 yards per catch and is eighth in the nation in reception yards per game at 101.2. He has 18 catches of 25 yards or more this year, second in the nation, and also has the lead in touchdown catches in the first half this year with 12. - Clemosn football
11/30/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): WR-DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (80)...has been named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Hopkins and Ellington have both gone over the 1000-yard mark in their respective categories this year. Hopkins has 1214 receiving yards this year, first in the ACC and just five short of Sammy Watkins single season mark of 1219 set last year.
Hopkins has 16 touchdown receptions to rank second in the nation. It is also a Clemson single season mark. The native of Central, SC has set an ACC record this year for different games catching a touchdown pass with 11. He has also tied the league mark for consecutive games catching a scoring pass with nine in a row, a record he could break in Clemson's bowl game. - Clemson football
11/26/2012 - Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina dominate the 2012 All-ACC Football first team. The league announced its all-conference team Monday and six offensive players from the 15th-ranked Tigers made the first team. The 13th-ranked Seminoles and Tar Heels had five players apiece. The teams were determined by a vote of 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Quarterback Tajh Boyd, running back Andre Ellington and receiver DeAndre Hopkins were Clemson's skill players on the first team.
They were joined by tackle Brandon Thomas, center Dalton Freeman and tight end Brandon Ford. Boyd led the ACC with 34 touchdown passes while Hopkins had league-bests of 16 total TD catches and an average of 104 yards receiving for the conference's best offense. Nine teams had at least one first-team selection. There were no unanimous picks to the first team, but North Carolina running back Gio Bernard was chosen as a first-teamer on 45 ballots. - ACC football
11/22/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: Keep an eye on: WR DeAndre Hopkins, 6-2, 205, Clemson: Why you should watch him: After being overshadowed by fellow WR Sammy Watkins last year, Hopkins has gotten the attention he deserves in 2012. Hopkins has 15 receiving touchdowns, which is second in the country, and has scored in 10 of his team's 11 games. Hopkins will face one of his toughest tests of the season Saturday when Clemson hosts South Carolina. He was one of the few bright spots two years ago in his freshman season against the Gamecocks, catching seven passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in a 29-7 loss. Hopkins had just three catches for 24 yards in a 34-13 loss last year.
Season stats (11 games): 68 receptions, 1,171 yards, 15 touchdowns. Player ranking: Hopkins is ranked No. 29 overall and the No. 3 wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Clemson plays South Carolina Saturday. The Gamecocks rank No. 22 nationally in pass defense, giving up 194.2 yards per game. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com
10/25/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Clemson at Wake Forest, Oct. 25 -- Regardless of records or talent level, Clemson always seems to struggle against the Demon Deacons, who are 3-2 in their last five home games against Clemson. The fact that the game will be played on a Thursday night might also work against Clemson -- the Tigers are 1-9 all-time in Thursday night games while Wake Forest is 4-0. KEYS TO THE GAME: The game will likely be decided by how well Clemson's secondary keeps the Wake Forest passing game in check. Their Tigers' task will prove considerably easier should the Deacons be without receiver Michael Campanaro, who has missed the last two games with a broken hand. Campanaro burned Clemson for nine catches for 72 yards as well as a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Tigers' 31-28 victory at Clemson last season. "They run a lot of boots and screens and crosses," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "The biggest challenge is making sure you get lined up properly and give yourself a chance." PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior receiver DeAndre Hopkins is on a remarkable pace. He has caught at least one touchdown pass in four consecutive games and in six of seven games this season and several records are on his radar. Hopkins needs just 274 receiving yards to become Clemson's career leader and just three touchdown catches to break the receiving touchdown record. Over the last 14 games -- seven last season and seven this season -- Hopkins has 96 receptions for 1,470 yards and 11 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 ACC RECEIVER OF THE WEEK: DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, Junior, WR, 6-1, 205, Central, S.C.,...Hopkins had seven receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson's 47-31 win over Georgia Tech. The 173 receiving yards rank as the fourth most in a game in Clemson history. He set the school record with 197 yards at Boston College last week. Hopkins had touchdown catches of 58 and 35 yards, the second of which put the Tigers up 36-31. He then threw a two-point conversion pass to quarterback Tajh Boyd to put the Tigers up 38-31. - ACC football
10/06/2012 - Tajh Boyd threw for a career high 397 yards and DeAndre Hopkins had 173 yards receiving as No. 15 Clemson beat Georgia Tech 47-31 on Saturday. The shootout expected with two struggling defenses materialized. The Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) gained 601 yards, while the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3) gained 483 yards. Boyd threw for two touchdowns, including a 35-yard touchdown to Hopkins that put Clemson up 38-31 with 10-29 left in the game. Georgia Tech bobbled the kickoff and started its next possession at the 2 yard line. Tigers linebacker Spencer Shuey sniffed out an option pitch two plays later for a safety that crushed the Yellow Jackets' chances. It was the first time either team led by more than a touchdown. Orin Smith was tackled for a safety. It was his only bad play -- he gained 117 yards on seven carries. Georgia Tech had a chance to get back in the game. Linebacker Daniel Drummond picked off a tipped pass with 8:32 to go. The Yellow Jackets drove to the Tigers 20, but David Scully's 37-yard field goal was blocked by Josh Watson. - AP Sports
10/06/2012 - All-America wide receiver Sammy Watkins returned to Clemson's lineup Saturday afternoon, but apparently all the Tigers need is DeAndre Hopkins. Even with Watkins back in the fold, Hopkins continued his torrid pace, catching seven passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 15 Clemson to a 47-31 victory over Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Clemson (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) gave up plenty of big plays against the Yellow Jackets (2-4, 1-3), but the Tigers' defense came up big down the stretch, allowing just three points over the final 25 minutes of the game. The Tigers got another big game from junior quarterback Tajh Boyd, who passed for a career-high 397 yards. He completed 26 of 41 attempts, including a pair of touchdowns. Boyd also continued to show increased mobility after shedding 20 pounds since last season, rushing for 63 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown. The game was a back-and-forth affair for much of the day, with neither team leading by more than a touchdown until the game's final 10 minutes. That's when Hopkins snagged a 35-yard touchdown pass from Hopkins to give Clemson a 38-31 lead, then the Clemson defense took over. - The Sports Xchange
09/29/2012 - When Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins gets back from Boston, he will take out the spiral notebook he uses to write down his personal goals and draw a big line through another mission accomplished. Hopkins had a school-record 197 receiving yards on Saturday, catching 11 passes from Tajh Boyd to help the No. 17 Tigers beat Boston College 45-31. Hopkins had already set the Clemson single-game by catching 13 passes in a season-opening victory over Auburn, then tied another with three touchdowns against Ball State the next week. "I feel like every athlete should have goals, on and off the field," said Hopkins, who has been listing his in a notebook since high school. "It's pretty long, but it's not a novel." Boyd threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns and ran in another himself as Clemson (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back after blowing a two-touchdown lead to No. 4 Florida State last week. Boyd completed 28 of 38 passes and ran 11 times for 42 yards and a TD. With All-America receiver Sammy Watkins out with an abdominal virus, Boyd found Hopkins often. The junior receiver, who is known as "Nuk," caught a 58-yard pass from deep in Clemson territory in the first half and had a 35-yard touchdown in the second. He also had one touchdown called back in the first half because of a penalty away from the ball, and lost another when he kicked the pylon while making a great effort to get his back foot inbounds in the end zone. "'Nuk's' just always there. He's the most dependable guy we have," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "And it's not like people don't know we're going to throw him the ball." - AP Sports
09/22/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR DeAndre Hopkins -- Sammy Watkins grabs the headlines, Hopkins simply grabs passes. Hopkins ranks third nationally with 26 catches this season and he'll continue to pad that total if the Seminoles focus too much on stopping Watkins. - The Sports Xchange
09/11/2012 - ACC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING - WEEK 2: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson: The Clemson offense has not missed a beat despite the two-game suspension of WR Sammy Watkins, and that is in large part due to "Nuke" Hopkins. Hopkins has 19 catches for 224 yards and four touchdowns in Clemson's first two games. He caught three touchdown passes this weekend against Ball State. At 6-1, 205 pounds, Hopkins has good size and fantastic speed. As a junior, Hopkins is eligible for the next NFL Draft, and scouts will undoubtedly keep an eye on him as the season progresses. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com
09/10/2012 - What became even more evident in Clemson's 52-27 victory over Ball State on Saturday was that the Tigers offense remains potent even without star wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Much of the credit for keeping the Tigers offense clicking has to go to junior receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who has 19 catches for 224 yards and four touchdowns in Clemson's first two games. He has been so effective that Watkins -- who was on the sidelines for Saturday's game while serving the second of his two-game suspension for his arrest last May -- jokingly told Hopkins and quarterback Tajh Boyd to tone down their act. "After DeAndre caught that third touchdown, Sammy said, 'Hey man, you can't score no more. You're running away from me now,'" Boyd said. For the first time this season, Boyd will have both major weapons at his disposal next week when Clemson hosts Furman. "Now we've got our full arsenal back," Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said. "We should be able to do some things." Watkins' absence could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Clemson, which has had several other receivers emerge in the season's first two games. Sophomores Charone Peake and Adam Humphries -- who are former high school teammates -- each established career highs for both receptions and yardage against Ball State, and fellow sophomore Martavis Bryant had a 22-yard touchdown catch. Bryant was one of 12 different receivers to catch at least one pass against the Cardinals. - The Sports Xchange
09/10/2012 - WR DeAndre Hopkins caught three touchdown passes in Clemson's win over Ball State on Saturday, marking the first time in his career that the junior had more than one touchdown reception in a game. He has 13 touchdown catches in his career, which already ranks him eighth on Clemson's all-time list. - The Sports Xchange
09/08/2012 - DeAndre Hopkins caught three touchdown passes, Andre Ellington rushed for two scores and Spencer Benton kicked a 61-yard field goal to set an Atlantic Coast Conference record in No. 12 Clemson's 52-27 victory over Ball State on Saturday. Ellington's two short TD runs helped the Tigers (2-0) get off to a fast start, and Tajh Boyd found Hopkins for touchdown passes of 13, 34 and 15 yards in the second period to help increase the lead to 35-10. Benton finished the Tigers' 45-point half with his record-setting kick as time ran out. Ball State (1-1) had hoped to use its fast-paced attack to keep up. But Keith Wenning threw two interceptions, both which led to Clemson scores. - AP Sports
09/06/2012 - WR DeAndre Hopkins did a good job filling the void left by star receiver Sammy Watkins, who missed the Auburn game while serving the first of a two-game suspension as punishment for his on-campus arrest last May. Hopkins had a school-record 13 receptions for 119 yards, including a leaping, twisting, 4-yard touchdown grab in the corner of the end zone with 9:17 remaining to give Clemson the lead for good. QUOTE TO NOTE: "Everybody talks about Sammy (Watkins), but nobody talks about DeAndre. He's a great ballplayer and had a heckuva night tonight." - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney after DeAndre Hopkins broke a school record with 13 catches against Auburn. - The Sports Xchange
09/01/2012 - With All-American receiver Sammy Watkins suspended, Clemson needed someone to step up. DeAndre Hopkins obliged. Hopkins out-dueled Auburn's Chris Davis in the corner of the end zone for what turned out to be the winning touchdown in Clemson's 26-19 victory over Auburn on Saturday in the second ACC-SEC showdown of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Weekend at the Georgia Dome. Despite being well-covered, Hopkins leaped above Davis and snagged Tajh Boyd's four-yard pass on first-and-goal to put Clemson ahead for good with nine minutes left in the game. Hopkins, who sent a single-game school record with 13 receptions, finished with 113 receiving yards. A Chick-fil-A Classic record crowd of 75,211 was treated to a back-and-forth game that wouldn't be decided until the fourth quarter. Both offenses moved up and down the field, but had trouble finding the end zone. Auburn scored only one touchdown against a Clemson defense that returned seven starters from the unit that was torched for 70 points by West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. - The Sports Xchange
07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. - The Tallahassee Quarterback Club
06/13/2012 - Top-five Clemson prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. WR DeAndre Hopkins (6-1, 210)...While true sophomore Sammy Watkins receives most of the attention (and deservedly so), Hopkins is a very talented pass-catcher in his own right. Watkins set numerous freshman and school records last season, but Hopkins quietly finished fifth in the ACC with 72 catches for 978 yards and five scores, finishing close behind Watkins on the stat sheet. A highly-touted recruit out of South Carolina, Hopkins chose the Tigers over several SEC offers and grabbed 52 catches in 2010, becoming the first true freshman to lead Clemson in receptions. He has large hands and a good catching radius to make some acrobatic catches look easy with the speed to make plays at all levels of the field. Hopkins needs to iron-out some wrinkles in his game and become a more precise route runner, but opposing defenses are well aware of #6. So while Watkins might be the team's best player, he isn't eligible for next April's NFL Draft. But Hopkins, who will be a true junior in 2012, will be and pro scouts will have their eye on the talented receiver. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com