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Old 06-21-2013   #42
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Default Re: What are realistic projections for DeAndre Hopkins?

DeAndre is almost a straight up comp to Hakeem Nicks, NG fame & former North Carolina Tar Heel. 6006 212 4.51 vs Hopkins 6010 214 Clemson. Strength of each is they pluck the ball & can snatch it away from defenders in tight coverage. Nicks rookie year he had 47 receptions 790 yards for a 16.8 ypc. & 6 TD's. Manning tends to spread the ball around more than Schaub plus he had Steve Smith catching 107 balls & Mario Manningham 57. So I really expect somewhere between 50-60 receptions & minimum of 7 TDs. That realistic. Also feel his yards per catch will be closer to Hakeem than a Steve Smith, plus he does have a little more speed than Nicks so 17 ypc. isn't out of the question, say 55X17= 935 yards & 7 TD's.

Back to the comparison both were Junior or underclassman early entries. Nicks selected in first round #29th overall DeAndre 27th overall. Both attack the football with strong hands. Both have the same impressive arm length 33" 10" hands, 36 vertical jump & both set multiple school records in receiving. However, there is one big advantage DeAndre will enjoy over Nicks & that is being mentored both on & off the field by Andre Johnson.

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