Hopkins drafted #1 overall in NFL.com's 2013 Re-Draft


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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NFL.com did a hypothetical re-draft of the 2013 NFL class recently and picked former Clemson wide receiver Deandre Hopkins #1 overall as the elite player from that year.

It was a 26-pick jump from where he was drafted.

Hopkins was selected by the Houston Texans with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft as other wide receivers in that class included Tavon Austin (#8th overall pick) and Cordarelle Patterson (#29th pick overall).

"Fisher hasn't played up to the level of a No. 1 overall pick, while Hopkins is shredding secondaries all over the league," NFL.com said. "His 1,521 yards and 11 scores last season put him into the elite receiver category, even though his "slow" 40-yard dash supposedly limited his upside coming out of Clemson."

Hopkins had 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and was named a Pro-Bowl starter for the first time in his career (alternate last season).

His 2015-2016 season was remarkable in a Texans' historical perspective as he had the third-most catches, fourth-most receiving yards and fourth most receiving touchdowns. He was also the first player in NFL history to have 100-yard receiving games with four different starting quarterback in a single season (Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden).

He is the second player in NFL history along with Randy Moss to record 3,500 receiving yards before the age of 24. He has accrued an amazing 239 catches for 3,533 yards (14.8 ypg) and 19 touchdowns since entering the NFL in 2013.

Hopkins had 206 receptions for 3020 yards and 27 touchdowns while at Clemson and was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award and first-team All-ACC by several publications.

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