Even by Dabo Swinney's conservative standards, DeAndre Hopkins looks to be a slam dunk to enter the NFL draft.
Swinney, as a rule of thumb, counsels his players to stay if they're not going to be first rounders.
Based on various draft-watching websites, it appears that Clemson's record-breaking junior wide receiver has a very good chance to be selected in the first round, and, if not, no later than the early second round.
His highest projection, by DraftSite.com, has him going 15th overall to the New Orleans Saints.
In CBSSports.com's two mock draft models, Hopkins is picked to go No. 21 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and No. 30 to the Baltimore Ravens.
The SportX-Change lists him as the No. 4 wide receiver on the board, and notes that his stock is rising.
WalterFootball.com has Hopkins going early in the second round to the Buffalo Bills, while Draftek.com projects him as a first-round choice of the Minnesota Vikings.
InsideTheWarroom.com lists him fourth among available wide receivers behind Keenan Allen of California, Tavon Austin of West Virginia, and Cordarrelle Patterson of Tennessee.
Like quarterback Tajh Boyd, who said on Wednesday that he nearly played himself into the NFL draft with his performance against LSU, Hopkins also enhanced his draft status with a spectacular showing in Atlanta.
He finished the season with 82 receptions for 1,405 yards, breaking Sammy Watkins' single season reception yardage record. He set an ACC record by catching a touchdown pass in his 10th consecutive game, and another when he grabbed his 18th touchdown pass of the season. He also became the first Clemson player to have three 100-yard receiving games in bowl games.