Photo of Dustin Hopkins
Grade
69.5 ?
  • 4.74 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 193LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands

Overview

Hopkins has been considered one of the top kickers in the country since his days as a high school All-American from Houston, Texas. He made his first field goal attempt as a collegian, a 52-yarder against in-state rival Miami, and later in that true freshman season put four kicks through the uprights against West Virginia in the team’s Gator Bowl victory.



He continued to impress as a sophomore, leading the ACC in scoring with 119 points, booming a 55-yard kick through the uprights in the closing seconds to beat Clemson, and once again hitting four field goals in the team’s postseason game (26-17 Chick-fil-A Bowl win over South Carolina). Hopkins was named first-team All-ACC and named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award in 2011, leading the conference with 8.46 points per game and making 22 of 27 field goal attempts. He was also a finalist for the Wuerffel award for his excellence on the field, in the classroom and in community service.



As a senior, Hopkins was 25 for 30 in field goal attempts, including a 4-for-5 performance against the rival Miami Hurricanes. Hopkins also became the NCAA FBS all-time kick scorer with 459 points. His 2012 performance earned him 2012 AP All-American second-team honors.



Hopkins offers a bonus to scouts as a kickoff specialist, forcing a solid 137 touchbacks in 347 boots over the past three years, and has only missed one extra-point in his career.

Analysis

Strengths

Consistent, upright three-step approach on placements. Good trajectory on kicks, gets them up quickly with a strong downward strike on the ball. Misses are just outside of the uprights to the left or right, not major misfires. Flashes 55-yard range with NFL-caliber height on the kicks, not line-drives. Excellent strength and height on kickoffs, times well over 4.0 seconds consistently and gets the ball to the middle or front part of the end zone even with nice trajectory.

Weaknesses

Needs to show that he can make the game-winning kick with everything on the line. Must be consistent in the urgency of his approach on placements against NFL rushers.

NFL Comparison

Billy Cundiff

Bottom Line

Consistent, upright three-step approach on placements. Good trajectory on kicks, gets them up quickly with a strong downward strike on the ball. Misses are just outside of the uprights to the left or right, not major misfires. Flashes 55-yard range with NFL-caliber height on the kicks, not line-drives. Excellent strength and height on kickoffs, times well over 4.0 seconds consistently and gets the ball to the middle or front part of the end zone even with nice trajectory. A potential special teams weapon.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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