The Purdue Boilermakers have always managed to produce a respectable number of NFL prospects and this year is no exception. Brycen Hopkins is a Boilermaker with an excellent chance of playing on Sundays. Hopkins was first-team All-Big Ten last season, so he will enter the NFL with plenty of potential.
Hopkins is a smooth route runner and will surprise opposing defenders with his quickness. Hopkins was a dangerous target for Purdue, racking up 830 receiving yards, seven touchdowns, and 61 receptions. Hopkins does a good job of getting himself open for the quarterback and making himself available for the football. A big positive for Hopkins, is that he is not afraid to go across the middle and make the tough reception.
An area that I would like to see Hopkins improve in, is his pass catching. Hopkins will drop passes that are well placed and that can be drive killers. Hopkins needs to improve his consistency from a blocking standpoint. Hopkins will need to get his hands to loosen up in the NFL, but he could be a dangerous player from a receiving perspective.
Hopkins has plenty of potential and I think he will go in the mid-fourth to early-fifth round. Hopkins’ blocking can be improved, and his hands will loosen up the more passes that are thrown his way. The tight end class has talent and teams will be looking for players in the mid rounds with talent and Hopkins fits that description.