WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson


Texans, 1st round. Clemson: Junior who has declared for 2013 NFL Draft. Above-average size. Great hand size.

Positives: Above-average speed. Fair routes. Consistently catches very well with hands extended. Snags passes in traffic. Holds ball even with big hit and concentrates well when he knows a hit is coming. Agile and shows good body control on errant passes. Shows very good YAC ability and good effort. Fair vision in open field. Not easy to bring down after the catch. Willing to be physical for extra yards. Adequate track speed for the size. Adequate upper-body strength. Solid PR handling. Good downfield blocker. Very good vertical leap.

Negatives: Below-average lateral quickness. Reportedly has character issues.

Projection: Goes to one of the few run-first teams in the NFL, which could potentially limit his fantasy production, but he has the physical tools to excel in the NFL. I expect him to start immediately across from Andre Johnson and, if he stays healthy, should be a very productive WR on the team for years. Draft as an immediate WR3 with WR2 potential in 2014 and WR1 potential after that.

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