- Tania Ganguli, ESPN Staff Writer
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Three teams took receivers in the first round of this year's NFL draft and all three produced this weekend.
Hopkins' receiving yardage far eclipsed Rams receiver Tavon Austin, who was the eighth overall pick and Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, the 29th pick. But Patterson had a 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. His three returns totaled 149 yards. Austin only gained 47 yards on his six catches, but scored two touchdowns.
Right now Hopkins is looking like a steal as the 27th pick. He thought he was drafted that late because he didn't run a 4.2- or 4.3-second 40-yard dash.
"Anybody can see that I'm a football player and I make plays," Hopkins said.
Some players might take motivation from that, but Hopkins insists he doesn't.
"It was a blessing going in the first round, honestly, coming from where I came from," Hopkins said.