*WR grades can and will change as more information comes in from Pro Day workouts, Wonderlic test results leaked, etc. We will update ratings as new info becomes available.

*WR-B stands for "Big-WR," a classification we use to separate the more physical, downfield/over-the-top, heavy-red-zone-threat-type WRs. Our WR-S/"Small-WRs" are profiled by our computer more as slot and/or possession-type WRs who are less typically physical and rely more on speed/agility to operate underneath the defense and/or use big speed to get open deep...they are not used as weapons in the red zone as much. 


Diva alert! At his recent Pro-Day, DeAndre Hopkins blew off the post-workout media session, by walking right past the reporters surrounded by a group of friends and not speaking. Hopkins had a few drops in his workout session, and that is what some are speculating had him in a "pissy" mood. Hopkins strikes me a bit on the immature side when I see him interviewed before his Pro-Day tantrum...and all of the "attitude" is not going to help his 2013 NFL Draft status.

Talent wise, Hopkins is a very good NFL prospect. We would not call him great, but he is good-to-very good. Hopkins has phenomenal hands, as nice a pair hands as you will find in this draft. Outside of great hands, Hopkins gets a little sketchy with his athletic profile. Hopkins is a "tweener" size of a WR prospect for the NFL. Not tall enough (6'1") to be a serious red-zone threat...and not fast enough to be a big-time burner, game-changer type of WR (4.5+ in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, a little better at his Pro-Day). He has the overall profile to be an Anquan Boldin type of WR -- a great, reliable possession WR who can take some beating with his 6'1" and 210-pound frame.

Attitude or not, Hopkins is in the debate for the top "small WR" in our ratings for 2013. He is likely going to fall just short of the top as he has more of a profile of a solid WR, not a game-changing mega-star in waiting.

It's very impressive that Hopkins scored 18 TDs on a fairly difficult schedule this past season, and that he scored at least one TD in 12 of his 13 games played in 2012. The signs are there that Hopkins is a better quality of WR than the physical measurables would show. He is an intriguing, slightly worrisome WR prospect.


DeAndre Hopkins, Through the Lens of Our WR Scouting Algorithm:

Posting career highs of 13 catches for 191 yards (and had 2 TDs) in his final college game against LSU in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl, is not a bad launching pad into the NFL. Hopkins has been huge in bowl games in his career. In his three bowl game appearances (vs. LSU-West Virginia-South Florida), Hopkins averaged 10.7 catches for 136.3 yards and 1.0 TDs per game. Unlike many good-great stat compiling college WRs, Hopkins performance does not tail off as the competition level rises.

We previously mentioned that Hopkins has scored one or more TDs in 12 of his 13 games in 2012...the only game he did not score was against D2/FCS Furman -- a cupcake win for Clemson. When it mattered, Hopkins produced. He has scored at least one TD in 13 of his last 14 games played over the past two seasons.

Hopkins has nine 100+ yard receiving games in his last 20 games played. Keenan Allen, by comparison has achieved that five-times in his last 20 games. Cordarrelle Patterson hit 100+ receiving yards just one-time in his 12-game D1 career.

In on-field performance, it is hard to find a better, more consistent producer among the 2013 WR prospect class. The issue our computer model sees is -- in what manner Hopkins will be used in the NFL? A team expecting Hopkins to be a #1 WR is probably going to be disappointed. Hopkins is only 6'1", with moderate speed. He is not going leap over the top of defenders or outmuscle them, nor is he going to "take the top off" the defense with blazing speed. Hopkins is more designed to be a great #2 or #3 WR in a top passing game.

The Historical WR Prospects to Whom DeAndre Hopkins Most Compares Within Our System:

To our computer models, Hopkins is a very similar physique and performance comparison to Justin Blackmon. However, in the 2012 NFL Draft, people were orgasmic over Blackmon...with some arguing that he was the top player in the draft. Hopkins has not experienced the same draft prospect enthusiasm as Blackmon. Hopkins typically takes a back seat to Tavon AustinCordarrelle Patterson, and Keenan Allen when it comes to the mainstream WR rankings for 2013. It's arguable that he is better than all three of them.

Hopkins is the #4 ranked WR for the mainstream if he is lucky, and sometimes ranked more toward #8-10. To us, the debate over the most polished, NFL ready WR is between Allen, Hopkins, and Quinton Patton...and it's very close between the three.

Victor Cruz is also listed with some similar characteristics to Hopkins as well...and that is a bit of a stretch. Both had great on-field performance metrics, but Cruz is the superior athlete. Hopkins is more of a faster Michael Crabtree or a quicker Anquan Boldin. We would not consider him as a athletic game-changer like a Cruz or Torrey Smith would be.


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*A score of 7.0+ is where we start to take a Small-WR prospect more seriously. A score of 8.50+ is where we see a stronger correlation of a Small-WR going on to become NFL good/great/elite. A score of 10.00+ is more rarefied air in our system and indicates a greater probability of becoming an elite NFL Small-WR.

All of the WR ratings are based on a 0–10 scale, but a player can score negative, or above a 10.0 in certain instances.

Overall WR score = A combination of several on-field performance measures, including refinement for strength of opponents faced. Mixed with all the physical measurement metrics, rated historically in our database.

“Power-Strength” = A combination of unique metrics surrounding physical-size profiling, bench press strength, etc.  High scorers here project to be more physical, better blockers, and less injury-prone.

“Speed-Agility” = A combination of unique metrics surrounding speed, agility, physical size, mixed with some on-field performance metrics. High scorers here project to have a better YAC and show characteristics to be used as deep threats/create separation.

“Hands” = A combination of unique metrics surrounding on-field performance in college, considering the strength of opponents played. Furthermore, this data considers some physical profiling for hand size, etc. High scorers here have a better track record of college statistical performance, and overall this projects the combination of performance and physical data for the next level.

2013 NFL Draft Outlook:

Hopkins has been tracking as a 2nd-round draft pick projection, and there is logic in that for an NFL team in need of a strong #2/possession WR. I would say Hopkins is probably fair value in the 2nd-round, and is likely to be drafted there. His attitude probably precludes him becoming a surprise 1st-round pick. Keenan Allen and/or Quinton Patton are similar types of WRs, who may test and interview better then Hopkins as well...so Hopkins is a likely 2nd-rounder, more in the back-half of the 2nd-round.

If I were advising an NFL franchise on the draft, I would be intrigued by Hopkins' valuation. If my team were in need of a possession/#2 WR type, I could see an argument between Hopkins-Allen-Patton. Allen may be a step ahead of them, but will also go in the 1st-round most likely, and I would not be inclined to pay a 1st-round price tag for a possession WR. In the 2nd-round, if given the choice between Patton-Hopkins, I'd probably lean Patton, but it's close. Hopkins attitude might sway me to be more comfortable rolling with Patton.

NFL Outlook:   

Hopkins' pro projections are much like any possession WR entering the NFL -- his future output is based upon what QB/offense he falls in with. If you stick him on the Ravens, he will probably be solid like Anquan Boldin was. If he lands in Oakland, he will probably be forgotten about quickly. If he joins the Packers, he might have 1,200+ yards and 10+ TDs right away. The talent is there. The situation will determine his stat tally. Hopkins is not the type of talent that radically improves/changes an offense, but he is a WR that nicely blends into a system and makes it stronger.