Hopkins channeled his inner Air Jordan on this phenomenal catch against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015.
Adam Jones does just about everything right on this play.
He keeps Hopkins in front of him.
He forces him to the sideline.
He even gets a hard swipe on the ball as Hopkins attempts to secure it with one hand.
But nothing the Pro Bowl cornerback could do was going to prevent Nuk from making this catch.
Hopkins' timing and his hand-eye coordination are two big reasons for his success. He builds those two attributes via the regular use of an unorthodox drill.
From The Ringer:
He sets up behind a goal post, his chest pressed against the cushion. A makeshift QB, usually his cousin and trainer Javis Austin, stands on the goal line and throws a baseball. Out of one eye, Hopkins can see the ball leave Austin's hand, but by the time it reaches him, it's vanished from view. Securing it is entirely dependent on knowing exactly how long it'll take to get from the release point to where he's standing.
When you're used to catching passes around a padded goal post, cornerbacks probably feel like oversized gnats by comparison.