Deandre Hopkins vs 5 teams 2012 (via JmpasqDraftjedi)
I just finished watching some tape of Deandre Hopkins lighting up ACC and SEC competition. Granted, he did drop some balls in the clip, but he also dominated lpro-level competition in Xavier Rhodes of Florida State and David Amerson of N.C. State. I believe that if he isn't the best, then he's for sure the most complete wideout in this draft. He doesn't have any glaring weakness; while not a speedster, when combined with his superior route running ability and body control, he definitely has enough speed and elusiveness for him to take the top off of defenses. He has also showed the ability to make tough catches in the short to intermediate routes, which is very attractive to an offense like the Vikings, which emphasizes the short passing game. He's a great fit for this offense.
With the addition of Hopkins to the group of Jennings, Rudolph, and Peterson, along with a possibly emerging Jarius Wright and a (hopefully) rebounding Jerome Simpson, it'd be tough for Ponder not to improve, and it'd say a lot about his status as our Franchise QB if he didn't. All in all, if I were Spielman, Hopkins is the receiver I take. He's a guy who can do it all: make plays deep along the sidelines, make tough catches and gather yards after catch or even play quarterback in any potential gimmick play
I wouldn't hesitate to take Hopkins with our 23rd overall pick. I think he has two of the most important traits that long lasting, dependable and consistently good receivers have: precise route running and great hands. Players who rely on speed tend to flame out early, however, Hopkins can beat defensive backs without having to fall back on speed. That is a trait of many great receivers in this league. Just look at Greg Jennings, who isn't a huge receiver, and probably doesn't run a 4.4. How has he found success? By getting open through route running, and making the tough catches. I'm not saying Hopkins will turn out to be as solid of a professional receiver as Jennings, but he has traits that indicate potential long term success, in my opinion at least.
What are your thoughts about Hopkins, and the draft in general?