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DeAndre Hopkins, Hakeem Nicks and the Davante Adams Comparables

NCAA Football: Colorado at Fresno State

As a mild departure from my really good/really bad headline naming convention in this series I decided to use two names that will draw almost universal mixed reactions. Hakeem Nicks had an incredible 2nd season in the NFL in which it looked like he was an unfair endzone target, but he’s also is coming off a season in which he didn’t catch a touchdown. Similarly, DeAndre Hopkins’ rookie season is like an ink blot test that you could look at and see almost anything you wanted to see. Thus it might be appropriate to join these two names to Davante Adams, who had a ridiculously productive season against subpar opponents.

But no matter Adams’ level of competition, it would be tough to not be excited about him as a receiver prospect. He’s young enough, has enough dominant games under his belt, and looks like he’ll be drafted highly enough to get a shot. He’s big enough, even if he’s not a physical monster, and he’s also fast enough. In fact Adams’ comps show where being a receiver can diverge from being a physical freak. All of his comps are just athletic enough, without being physical specimens. If there’s a type of receiver in this group its a highly productive (bordering on ridiculously productive) player that is right in the middle of the fairway in terms of physical measurables. Note that Larry Fitzgerald and Big Mike Williams’ inclusion in this group is primarily from a production standpoint as they are both of prototypical WR size and not in the middling group. If you like Adams in upcoming rookie drafts then you’re probably really happy that players like Sammy Watkins and Odell Beckham are sitting there in front of Adams to allow you to get him for slightly cheaper. Or the writers at RotoViz are anyway.

MAXAGE = age at which last college game was played; GMSDOM = games in which a .35 Dominator Rating was recorded. DR = Dominator Rating average for final college season.

NAME MAXYR DP MAXAGE WT FORTY YPG TDPG GMSDOM DR
DAVANTE ADAMS 2013 32 21.0 212 4.55 132.2 1.9 13 0.40
NAME MAXYR DP MAXAGE WT FORTY YPG TDPG GMSDOM DR
DEANDRE HOPKINS 2012 27 20.6 214 4.57 108.1 1.4 11 0.46
HAKEEM NICKS 2008 29 21.0 212 4.51 94.0 0.9 13 0.42
JUSTIN BLACKMON 2011 5 22.0 207 4.46 117.1 1.4 17 0.40
KOREN ROBINSON 2000 9 20.7 211 4.61 96.5 1.2 5 0.38
LARRY FITZGERALD 2003 3 20.3 225 4.48 128.6 1.7 19 0.52
MIKE WILLIAMS 2003 10 20.0 229 4.56 101.1 1.2 13 0.40
GOLDEN TATE 2009 60 21.3 199 4.42 124.7 1.3 15 0.46
JABAR GAFFNEY 2001 33 21.0 193 4.56 102.7 1.1 13 0.31
NATE BURLESON 2002 71 21.3 197 4.51 135.8 1.0 17 0.47
GREG SALAS 2010 112 22.4 210 4.53 134.9 1.0 15 0.34
Average 36 21.1 210 4.52 114.3 1.2 14 0.42

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