Hopkins Satisfied With NFL Decision

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- DeAndre Hopkins was not bothered when his college coach and some NFL analysts questioned his decision to leave school a year early and turn pro.

In January after the Clemson receiver declared his intentions, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said the player needed another year of overall development to be better prepared for the NFL. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has said in December that Hopkins should stay for his senior year.

These days, Kiper's latest projections for next month's draft has Hopkins going 27th overall to the Houston Texans.

Hopkins set a Clemson record with 1,407 yards receiving and an Atlantic Coast Conference mark with 18 touchdowns. He said Wednesday he believed he'd done all he could in college and was ready to move on, despite what others thought.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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