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In his final season at Clemson, Hopkins emerged as one of the most valuable commodities for NFL teams - a potential franchise receiver. He had a school-record 1,405 yards and averaged 17.1 per catch, along with an ACC-record 18 touchdowns, prompting him to depart for the pros after his junior year. He set Clemson career records for receiving yards (3,020), 100-yard receiving games (12) and touchdown catches (27), including at least one score in each of the last 12 games. Hopkins closed his college career with 13 catches for 191 yards and two TDs in a Chick-Fil-A Bowl victory over LSU, making a sliding, 26-yard catch on fourth-and-16 to keep the Tigers' winning drive alive in the 25-24 win. Such efforts have him going in the late first round in several mock drafts, projections apparently too good for him to pass up. Hopkins' ascent into an elite receiving prospect probably isn't a big surprise after he had 978 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 playing as the second receiver to Sammy Watkins. A strong route runner, Hopkins boasts good hands and is excellent at catching the ball in tight spaces and gaining yards after the catch, using calculated bursts and stop-and-go moves to elude tacklers. Though not the biggest receiver, he has outstanding instincts and is tough and quick. He's aggressive going for the ball in the air using excellent body control and fights for every ball thrown his way. A strong performance at the NFL combine should enhance his stock, as he earned an overall score of 87.8 out of 100. Perhaps the biggest concern surrounding Hopkins is that he lacks the prototypical height for an outside receiver, and he also may need to get stronger. However, he seems to have an innate understanding of the position and might be able to contribute more quickly as a rookie than other first-year receivers. His sound fundamentals, intangibles and track record of consistent production make it unlikely that he'll last past the first round.