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New England Patriots NFL Scouting Combine 2013: DeAndre Hopkins, Justin Hunter

The New England Patriots will head into the 2013 NFL Draft looking for wide receivers, and our look at forty yard dash times for wide receivers at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine continues.

Clemson Tigers WR DeAndre Hopkins is one of my favorite wideouts in this class, and he could be a target for the Patriots in round one. I hope he falls into round two at pick 29, because Hopkins would be a steal there for the Patriots. Hopkins is just so athletic, and he is an incredibly natural pass-catcher with the best ball skills of any wideout in this draft.

The former Clemson standout ran both forty times of exactly 4.50, which doesn’t tell us that much more or less about Hopkins’s speed going forward. We knew going into the Combine that Hopkins isn’t a speed guy, but rather somebody who bases his game off of making tough catches and doing an excellent job of getting open to make plays. But 4.50 forty times are usually a good thing, and it shows that some of the knocks on Hopkins for speed are unwarranted. He really helped himself with those runs, and he will likely get picked in the second round. Hopefully later than sooner.

Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Justin Hunter was once viewed as a clear first-round choice, but the rise of other receivers (including Vols teammate Cordarrelle Patterson, possibly the first WR off the board) coincided with the fall of Hunter’s stock due to injuries, drops, and speed concerns.

Hunter put a lot of those speed concerns to rest by running forty times of 4.41 and 4.44. Those aren’t great times, but they are certainly good and show that some of the concerns on Hunter are getting a little exaggerated.

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