Former Clemson star Hopkins tied to hotel room incident
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 02:51:29 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Former Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins' draft status may be in jeopardy after reports have linked him to a trashed hotel room at February's NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Earlier this week, Yahoo! Sports reported that an Indianapolis hotel room registered to a pair of combine participants was littered with urine and feces in the bathroom, and garbage and half-eaten food was scattered on the bed and throughout the room.
On Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that hotel room was registered to Hopkins and Rutgers wide receiver Mark Harrison. Both players denied involvement with the incident through their agents shortly after checking out of the room.
Hopkins, who chose to leave Clemson a year early after a record-setting junior year, is projected as a first-round draft pick. However, some now speculate that an embarrasing situation like this coming out so close to next week's draft could damage his draft status if NFL teams feel this indicates he has character issues.
The explosive Hopkins is coming off one of the best seasons in Clemson history for a receiver. The Central native had 82 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. Hopkins set ACC records for touchdown receptions in a season and consecutive games with at least one touchdown catch with 10.
Hopkins announced his decision to enter the draft early back in January. Shortly after he went public with his decision, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Hopkins will make an "outstanding professional."
The 2013 NFL draft starts next Thursday, April 25 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.