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.
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.
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.
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.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.