DeAndre Hopkins and 2012’s Clutch Receivers

Who’s gonna stop me?

It’s third and long.  You’ve got to pick up a first down.  Running it probably won’t work, so you’ve got to pass.  The only problem is that the defense knows you’re going to pass.  They’re going to try to eliminate your #1 option.  Can your receiver elevate his game and come through in the clutch? Using this awesome RotoViz tool, I ran a little experiment.  I wanted to see which receivers had the strongest performance on 3rd and 4th down with 5+ yards to go.  I thought this would lend some insight into who has that extra gear that can be utilized in critical spots.  Unsurprisingly, DeAndre Hopkins was really impressive, but what about the rest of the players eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft?  These were the results on a yards/target basis (min 12 targets, Defense quality>20)

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