Cowboys’ Potential Draft Picks: TE Travis Kelce and WR DeAndre Hopkins
Kelce is a big, powerful tight end who stands 6-5, 255 pounds. He uses his frame well in the running game, blocking as well as any tight end in this class. He’s an aggressive blocker who offers the ability to set in pass protection as well. Such versatility is what will give NFL offensive coordinators the ability to cause matchup problems for defenses, running when defenses go small to stop Kelce as a pass-catcher and passing when they use heavy personnel to stop the run.
Kelce doesn’t appear to have top-end speed on film, but he actually ran an official 4.64 40-yard dash. At his size, that’s a really good time. Kelce also posted a 35-inch vertical leap and 10-4 broad jump at his Pro Day, suggesting he really is an explosive athlete.
The first thing you notice about Hopkins is his big-time junior-year production. Scouts get so caught up in what they think they see on film that they often forget about (or just dismiss) a guy’s stats. In a major conference, a wide receiver’s stats are the best way to predict future NFL success. Simply put, if he did it in the past against elite competition, he can do it in the future.
At 6-1, 214 pounds, Hopkins has good but not great height. He’s a very muscular wide receiver and he uses his strength to excel after the catch. He recorded a 4.51 40-yard dash at the 2013 Scouting Combine, which is outstanding for someone his size. It’s also worth noting that Hopkins has long 33 3/8-inch arms. That helps him pluck the football out of the air in tight coverage, which he does often. Hopkins has great ball skills all over the field, and he does a nice job of fighting for the ball downfield to win in jump-ball situations.
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