In the NFL, comparisons are made constantly. It seems someone is always comparing one person to someone else every single week, and it happened again when Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was asked about Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 212 pounds, Hopkins isn’t the biggest or even fastest wide receiver in the game, but he has been nothing short of incredible in 2018. The former Clemson Tigers star has 94 catches for 1,321 yards with 11 touchdowns through 14 games to earn his third Pro Bowl selection.
Oh, and he has yet to drop a pass this season, which is a nightmare for all defensive backs.
So when Schwartz was asked about the 2017 First-Team All-Pro, the Eagles DC did not hesitate to compare him to the NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley with the way he jumps up and gets every single ball that comes his way.
There are cool comparisons made all of the time. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton being a dinosaur is a great one. Chicago Bears signal caller Mitch Trubisky being like Derek Zoolander because he cannot throw left is a funny one. But to get compared to Barkley, one the greatest NBA players ever as the “Round Mound of Rebound” is pretty epic.
“I think probably the biggest thing that stands out for me is he’s so strong with contested catches. He must have incredible strong hands and he has a knack for getting the ball. He has some rebounder-type skills in him. Charles Barkley would lead the NBA in rebounds when’s 6-3. Those guys just have a knack for high point and a knack knowing — But I think that sort of stands out the most. That play he made to win the game or give them the lead — not to win the game but to give them the lead, I mean, you can’t cover a guy much better than that. ANd not only does he high point the ball and he’s strong enough to squeeze its he’s also strong enough to come down with that ball in his hand. He’s a threat to run after the catch. He’s one of the best receivers in the NFL.” — Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz
The comparison is especially great considering Sunday’s tilt at Lincoln Financial Field will be close to where Sir Charles started his professional career as an NBA star with the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1980s.
The 26-year-old Hopkins and quarterback Deshaun Watson will be looking to put on a similar show, too.