Deandre Hopkins vs 5 teams 2012 (via JmpasqDraftjedi)
2012: 82 rec, 1405 yds (17.1 per), 18 TDs
Hopkins was one of my favorite players to watch this year. There's nothing imposing about him; he doesn't have blazing speed, isn't a giant, he's got good but not great hands... Dude just makes it happen out there. He's a natural born playmaker. He sizzles. If you put on a Clemson game this year, at some point you probably found yourself leaning forward toward the screen in anticipation of Hopkins making some thing happen.
One thing that does jump out at you when you watch him is his route-running. He's very sharp out of his breaks and he's often wide open as a result. He seems to always have a 2-yard cushion around him because he comes so free out of his breaks. He's very quick. His quickness not only lets him run extremely precise routes, but it also allows him to get a lot of YAC. He's excellent in space and makes a lot of guys miss once he has the ball in his hands. He's also really good at setting up double moves and getting behind defenses. He's also pretty tough and isn't afraid to make catches in traffic over the middle. He has fantastic body control and makes acrobatic plays to haul in tough passes and to get his feet down near the boundaries. And he's CLUTCH.
I'm not one who puts much stock into player comparisons, I don't really like them to be honest, but Hopkins reminds me of Tone a lot on the field. Quick out of breaks, makes people miss in the open field, crazy toe drags near the boundaries, clutchness... There's too many similarities to ignore. I think he would be a great fit in the West Coast offense with his style of play with the precision and quickness and playmaking. If we had a QB that could his windows on time, we'd be able to do some things with a Hopkins, Tone, Kerley trio. Wouldn't at all mind if we somehow ended up with Hopkins' college QB in 2014 as a matter of fact.