STRENGTHS - A very accurate field goal kicker during most of his career, he hit numerous clutch kicks early in his career. He has a strong enough leg to hit field goals from all distances and showed that in 2012 by hitting all five kicks of over 50 yards. He has good snap through motion and gets good rise on his kicks, which help him avoid getting kicks blocked. He has experience kicking off and flashes the leg strength to drive the ball into the endzone at times.
WEAKNESSES - Hopkins has good, but not elite leg strength. Although he occasionally drove the ball very well on kickoffs, his kickoffs in general lacked the combination of distance and hang time that NFL teams demand on kickoffs. In addition, on the kickoff placement drills he was just adequate and did not show great touch. Most concerning is that his field goal percentage fell off in 2012 and he missed some clutch kicks that he hit in previous seasons.
SUMMARY - A very good college place kicker, Hopkins is a solid NFL prospect, but he will likely be a field goal only kicker because he lacks the leg strength and touch to handle kickoffs in the NFL. Overall, because he will only be a field goal kicker and saw his production fall off in his final season he is not going to be a high draft pick. However, in the sixth or seventh round I expect a team with a punter who handles the kickoff duties to select him.