After offering his thoughts on some RB’s over the past few weeks, scoutPRO expert Nelson Sousa is back to talk about the top WR in the 2013 NFL Draft. Some of you may be surprised by his answer, so let’s see what he has to say:
It would be too easy for me to just say Tavon Austin. While I do think he is the most explosive player in the draft, I wanted to look for a WR that could be more conventional and play on the outside. I think I found that player and his name is DeAndre Hopkins. After watching film and researching scouting reports, I think the former Clemson Tiger is the most well rounded WR in the draft. Although he isn’t the most explosive WR, he simply does everything well. I think he has the best hands of all the WR’s in the draft. He is a blend of the tag team in Atlanta of Roddy White and Julio Jones. Yes that’s setting the bar high when comparing him to those two, but all I’m saying is he has a little of each in his game. He showed me excellent body control and concentration on a couple of fade routes that resulted in TD’s. He also shows great separation skills, despite not having blazing speed. While running a full route tree at Clemson, what really stuck out to me were his strong hands in traffic (caught 18 TD’s in 2012). Additionally, he has enough speed to gain yards after the catch at the next level. Most importantly, I think he could make an impact as a rookie for your fantasy football team, depending on what team drafts him. Most have Cordarelle Patterson, Tavon Austin or Keenan Allen as the # 1 WR in the draft. However, Hopkins might have the last laugh when the Texans, Ravens or Patriots draft him late in the first round.
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