2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson

HEIGHT: 6-5

WEIGHT: 251

COLLEGE: Iowa

CLASS: Redshirt Sophomore

2018 STATS: 49 rec, 760 yards, 15.5 YPR, 6 TD (13 games)

CAREER STATS: 73 rec, 1,080 yards, 14.8 YPR, 9 TD (23 games)

GAMES WATCHED (7): Mississippi State, Iowa State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Penn State, Maryland (2018); Ohio State (2017)

40 BENCH VERT BROAD 3 CONE 20S 60S
4.70 17 37.5″ 123″ 7.02 4.18 11.55

HANDS (19/20)

  • Very reliable hands — dropped just one pass in the seven games I studied
  • Natural hands catcher — extends arms and plucks the ball away from his frame
  • Strong hands to make contested catches
  • Tracks the ball well downfield

ROUTE RUNNING/SEPARATION (18/20)

  • Fairly diverse route tree — drags, seams, posts, hitches, digs, deep crossers, flats
  • Precise cuts allow him to consistently uncover underneath
  • Does a good job of selling vertical stems/not telegraphing routes
  • Creates separation at the top of routes with subtle hand fighting
  • Has no issues fighting through press coverage
  • Knows how to find soft spots in zone coverage
  • Consistently aids his quarterback on broken plays by working back to the ball

RUN AFTER CATCH (13.5/15)

  • Good speed after the catch to rack up chunk gains
  • Impressive power and contact balance — tough to bring down with the ball in his hands

SPEED (10.5/15)

  • Average burst off the line
  • Solid vertical speed

BLOCKING (13.5/15)

  • Excellent run blocker — sustains blocks very well and finishes consistently
  • Good pass protection — does well to move feet and stay square to the defender; shows good sustain and technique
  • Can get a little over-aggressive and play top-heavy as a run blocker on occasion

AGILITY/CHANGE-OF-DIRECTION (8/10)

  • Smooth athlete with easy change-of-direction

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (5/5)

  • Adequate size for in-line tight end role

OVERALL GRADE: 87.50/100.00 — 1ST ROUND — Rookie starter; top-15 player at position/Pro Bowl potential

NFL COMPARISON: Travis Kelce

SCHEME FIT: Y or F tight end/vertical or west coast offense

DRAFT PROJECTION: Top-25 pick

“T.J. Hockenson is a well-rounded tight end prospect with great hands, good route running, good run after catch ability and excellent blocking. He has shown an ability to create separation at every level of the field with precise route running and above average long speed. Hockenson is especially effective in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field, but he has shown the big-play ability to win over the top on deeper routes like seams, posts and deep crossers as well. Hockenson is a hybrid tight end that can be effective in an in-line or flexed-out receiving role. By year three, he has the potential to develop into a premier NFL tight end.” — Dan Wussow

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