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Grade
5.75 ?
  • 4.72 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.00 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.32 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.93 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 3/4" Arm Length
  • 254LBS. Weight
  • 10 5/8" Hands

Overview

Stanford has become "Tight End U" over the past few years, with former Cardinal contributors Zach Ertz, Levine Tiololo, Coby Fleener and Jim Dray enjoying good NFL careers. Hooper's next in line, leaving for the pros after his redshirt sophomore season. His father actually played at San Diego State, but his uncle, Greg, suited up for Stanford as a fullback from 1979-1982. Those genes were obvious during his two years on the field, first as a redshirt freshman in 2014 where he earned Freshman All-American and second-team All-Pac-12 honors (40-499, two scores). He helped Stanford win a conference championship in his second season, garnering several honors (Mackey Award finalist, third-team AP All-American, first-team All-Pac-12) by catching 34 passes for 438 yards and six touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Has capability of playing in­line or as move tight end. Build-up speed allows him to threaten Y-­seam from off line of scrimmage. Hands catcher with excellent hand­-eye coordination and can go get the rock in traffic. Shows enough burst to create separation from linebackers and safeties over the top. Does an adequate job of shielding defenders from the pass and posting them up in space. Strong runner after the catch in screen game and will carry defenders with him into the end zone. Willing blocker who comes from program where run blocking is demanded. Latches onto target with centered blow and shows enough strength to sustain. Looks for work downfield as blocker to help spring explosive runs.

Weaknesses

Lacks suddenness and crisp feet in his route work underneath. Could be faced with high number of heavily contested catches in short and intermediate routes. Not much of a salesman with his routes and needs more juice from stem at top of his routes. Would improve separation by meeting physical defenders with increased physicality. Hands need work. Was late getting hands catch­ ready and had nine drops over two seasons for drop rate of almost 11 percent. Catch radius just average for his size. Head ducker as run blocker and can lose track of target and whiff from time to time.

NFL Comparison

Coby Fleener

Bottom Line

Will be labeled as a move tight end, but I see him as being more than that for teams looking for a more complete player. Hooper has a frame that should be able to carry another eight to 10 pounds without much trouble, and he shows enough want­-to as a blocker to see him playing in­line when needed. If Hooper can improve his hands and become craftier with his routes, he could become a solid, 10-­year starter in the league.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.