By: Steve Johnson
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
*combine measurements and drills added in Feb.
2017: 10 games. 24 rec, 320 yards, 3 TDs
2018: 13 games. 49 rec, 760 yards, 1 TD
Misc. Stats: 1 rush att for 4 yard TD in 2018
Accolades: 2018 John Mackey Award, 2018 Ozzie Newsome Award, 2018 First-team All-Big Ten
History: Three-star recruit from Chariton, Iowa. Three-time All-State at Chariton High School, where he played Tight End and Defensive Back. Has declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, will forego his Junior and Senior seasons.
Strengths: Great size. Really good ball skills, natural hands catcher. Gets off quickly, accelerates to top end speed quickly. Athleticism surprises, especially when he jumps over guys that go low. Really strong. Already a really good run blocker, who can blow dudes up. Toughness and competitiveness stands out.
Weaknesses: Not many. Curious to see how he measures, doesn’t look 6’5 on tape. Despite being a really good blocker, he still has his share of whiffs, particularly in space. Could do a better job moving his feet as an inline blocker. Limited experience? Although it doesn’t show.
Overview: You’d really have to reach to find some weaknesses in Hockenson. He’s the type of players that coaches will bang the table for, with his hard nosed attitude. Not to be fooled though, he’s a playmaker. He’s deceptively fact, separating early and quick. His ball skills really stand out, with soft, natural hands, and a good catch radius and ball skills.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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