T.J. Hockenson

Iowa

Prospect Info

College
Iowa
Hometown
Class
IA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
251 lbs
32 1/4”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

6.35
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Detroit
Lions
Round 1 ‧ Pick 8
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.7u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
123.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.02
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.18
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.55
Seconds
 

Playlist

The Hawkeyes have produced some good NFL tight ends over the past 15 years, from Dallas Clark excelling with the Indianapolis Colts a decade ago to San Francisco breakout star George Kittle. Hockenson and fellow junior Iowa tight end Noah Fant will become the next in line. The Chariton, Iowa, native was a three-time first-team all-state pick in high school and spent his first year on campus growing into a Big Ten tight end's frame. Iowa's two-tight end attack allowed him to excel as a redshirt freshman in 2016, making 24 for 320 yards (13.3 average) and three scores in 13 games (12 starts). Even sharing snaps with Fant in 2018, Hockenson won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end and the Big Ten Tight End of the Year award, along with first-team all-conference honors. He started 13 contests in 2018, leading the team with 49 catches for 760 yards (15.5 average) and six touchdowns.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Travis Kelce
Overview
In a draft that feels light on high-end talent, Hockenson is an ascending talent with a chance to become one of the best all-around tight ends in the game. He should continue to fill out his athletic frame, but he's already a sound in-line blocker with the toughness to sustain and finish. His above-average athleticism and separation burst will help him win against linebackers while his body control and hands give him an advantage over safeties. Hockenson has standout talent and fits any scheme, but he could be coveted early by teams looking to delve more heavily in 12-personnel (two TE packages).
Strengths
  • Competitive and athletic
  • Bursts upfield from stance finding early separation in seam
  • Long stride into one-step cut to uncover underneath
  • Fluid and fast in intermediate and deep work
  • Runs leveraged, sharp routes and stacks tight coverage
  • Accelerates out of cuts and turns to separate
  • Intelligent use of frame to shield the catch point
  • Able to create late-catch space and secure with sticky hands
  • Above-average catch radius and secures through contact
  • Punches with crisp, inside hands as blocker
  • Runs feet through contact as move blocker
  • Sustains and finishes blocks when he gets locked in
Weaknesses
  • Narrow, athletic frame needs additional muscle mass
  • Can work away from zone defender to help quarterback
  • High-point attempts can be slightly mistimed
  • Gets in a big hurry as run blocker
  • Early over-step loses desired block centering
  • Comes in hot up to second-level targets
  • Needs better anticipation/adjustment to moving targets
  • Could struggle to maintain reasonable anchor in pass pro
Sources Tell Us

"Freaky athlete. I thought he would go back, but I'm glad he didn't. I think he will beat Alabama (Irv Smith, Jr.) off the board first." -- Pro personnel director for NFC team
GRADE
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