Originally Posted by b0ng
I really like Hopkins though so I'm probably very biased. He just looks like an NFL receiver playing for Clemson. Big guy, decent hands, maybe doesn't have a top gear like guys like TY Hilton or Desean Jackson, but the kid can play and make big plays.
This is basically where I am with receivers as well. I am probably pretty biased because I just love Hopkins. I have seen him play for years and he just has a knack for beating his man and making big plays. Sometimes you just watch a guy and can tell he can play at a high level. He destroyed Amerson when they played NC State for two years in a row. He had a hell of a battle with Xavier Rhodes when Clemson played FSU early last season. He won that matchup in my opinion and Xavier Rhodes is my favorite FSU player.
Like b0ng said, he isn't overly fast but he really does have a quick and decisive first step. You can see it on his run after catch and in his route running.
Some video of Hopkins in 5 games of 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTJjRlGOCjk
Also the LSU game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCVWGxNjF_k
He killed LSU in that game. It took about 1 quarter for them to figure out that they didn't have a player on their sideline that could cover Hopkins. And they paid for it.
Another showing him just catch one handers off a machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwB5J11rmdU
. Doesn't really mean much but it is kind of cool.