This year’s draft class is full of potential at the wide receiver position, but only a handful of those players are ready to step in and contribute right away. DeAndre Hopkins is one of the few who stand out.
Hopkins, who is fondly known as “Nuk” to the Clemson faithful, was a star from the moment he stepped on campus in Death Valley. He caught 51 passes as a freshman and just continued to grow as a player over the next two years, catching 154 passes for almost 2,400 yards and 23 touchdowns during his sophomore and junior seasons.
While production at the college level isn’t always the most accurate indicator of pro potential, in Hopkins’ case it does provide a pretty clear picture. His measurable aren’t anything teams will be mesmerized by, but his numbers don’t deceive.
Hopkins isn’t an athletic anomaly like Justin Hunter or a speedster like Tavon Austin, but he is consistent, reliable and tenacious. The Patriots need a receiver that Tom Brady can trust and one with the fortitude a...