T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa #38

6041, 253, 4.77


Notes: From Chariton, IA. Multi-sport athlete in high school who also excelled in basketball. Redshirted in 2016. Played in 13 games and caught 24 passes for 320 yards (13.3 avg.) and 3 touchdowns in 2017. In 12 games, he caught 46-717-6 (15.6 avg.) and rushed 1-4-1 in 2018.

Positives: Adequate-plus size. Good athlete. Very good hands and concentration. Clutch and sure-handed. Adjusts to and extends for the ball well. Can box out and make tough catches in heavy traffic. Excellent maneuverability. Smart, instinctive, understands the game and knows how to run routes and get open. Can defeat man-to-man coverage and get behind defenders downfield. Very effective runner after the catch. Rarely done after the catch. Good footspeed and is able to get downfield. Excellent balance, body control and determination. Fights for yards after the catch. Has shown a knack for hurdling defenders in the open field. Impressive blocker who is very tenacious. Sustains and finishes extremely well. Will drive defenders back until they're on the ground. Does a nice job of keeping his hands inside the frame of the defender, maintains position nicely and keeps his legs churning. Can line up anywhere, plays hard and does not take plays off.

Negatives: Not a truly elite, quick-twitch athlete with imposing size or blazing speed. Lacks an outstanding power base as an in-line blocker going against NFL-sized defensive ends. Could improve his ball security a bit when running in traffic or fighting for extra yardage.

Summary: Very low floor prospect with few if any true negatives. Does everything well and is the kind of player any coach wants on his team. Catches extremely well, can run after the catch, and doesn't stop blocking until the whistle blows. Maybe only a second-round talent, but he is a first-round producer and football player.

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