Photo of Cole Hikutini

Combine Results

Grade
5.36 ?
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 247LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Even Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson need safety valves to keep the offense moving. Hikutini (hick-uh-TEE-nee) was just that the past two years, especially in 2016 when he was a second-team All-ACC pick, leading the team in receptions (50) and receiving touchdowns (eight) and second in yards (668). Hikutini only played one year of high school football, so he flew under recruiting radars. He began his career at Sacramento State, redshirting his first year and starting four games in 2013 (21-204, five TD). To get noticed by FCS schools, he transferred to City College of San Francisco for one year, where he shined (40-658, four TD). That led to Louisville signing him, and utilizing him regularly in his first year with the Cardinals (19-348, three TD).

Analysis

Strengths

Above average size for a move tight end. Moves well in space. Able to bend linebackers and safeties out of position with certain routes. Good acceleration out of his turns to separate and present quarterback with easier throws. Good in short zones. Seam-buster with speed to attack over the top of linebackers and run under the deep ball. Plus ball skills. Can track it and adjust in space. Natural hands pluck it away from his frame. Has speed and athleticism to extend plays after the catch. Dangerous mismatch option near goal line. Wins the 50/50 throws. Positional blocker who gives just enough effort to occupy defender in space.

Weaknesses

Needs to get tougher as a blocker. Not physical enough for that in-line life. Ducks head and grabs at the point of attack. Needs to be more aware of potential reroutes by linebackers and adjust his routes accordingly. Top of his routes lack sink and suddenness. Has to play strong after the catch to avoid being stripped on next level. Has just one year of production to his name.

Draft Projection

Round 6-7

NFL Comparison

Mychal Rivera

Bottom Line

Athletic move tight end prospect with natural hands and the quickness to create separation along his routes. He has NFL ball skills to win in competitive catch situations and he will be a challenge for linebackers to cover in space. Hikutini lacks NFL toughness as a blocker which could put a ceiling on his draft value. He will have to prove he can play special teams as he waits for his turn as a pass-catching option.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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