The following is a 2019 TJ Hockenson NFL Draft Profile highlighting everything that you need to know about the Iowa tight end. Listed below is his scouting report highlighting strengths and weaknesses while looking at his NFL player comparison and his projection. Here at NFL Draft Geek we also like to provide all of our play cut ups, video breakdowns and any other important articles that will give our full view of who we think he is as a prospect.
TJ Hockenson NFL Draft Profile
Height: 6’5 Weight: 249 School: Iowa
- Easy speed that allows him to really accelerate to to top speed within a few steps.
- Has good speed and quickness that allow him to win with athletic ability alone.
- Speed and power allow him to break tackles and reel off chunk gains.
- At 6’5 250lbs he has the ideal frame for a tight end.
- Stout run blocker whose able to lock up defenders with his hands, create leverage and drive defenders off their spot.
- Natural hands catcher whose strong hands allow him to pluck the ball out of the air and secure the ball.
- Displays the ability to adjust to off target throws and still make the catch.
- Able to go up and high point the ball in traffic to win contested catches.
- Is able to make precise cuts on shallow routes outside or inside to gain separation from the defender.
- Balance can be an issue where he can be knocked down or slip off blocks from time to time.
- Can struggle to make blocks in space often lunging where speed can give him some fits.
- Still a raw route runner on deeper routes often telegraphing routes and lacking some nuance to his routes.
- Can get hung up trying to release off the line from time to time.
TJ Hockenson is a well build tight end prospect that has the ideal frame (6’5 249lbs) to play tight end in the NFL. Hockenson is used all over the field as a traditional inline, fullback and even moved out to the slot. Equipped with good speed and acceleration, Hockenson is able to overwhelm defenders with his natural traits alone.
As a run blocker Hockenson excels blocking inline with a defender either head up or shading him. He plays with good pad level and hand usage to create leverage to drive opponents off their spot. Hockenson has highlight reel blocks driving defenders back several yards and planting them six feet under. Blocking in space can be an issue where he gets too far out over his feet and lose balance. This the most evident against linebackers and defensive backs in space.
In the passing game Hockenson’s natural speed allows him to push the seam and run away from linebackers and most safeties. In short out breaking routes and curls he’s able to make quick precise cuts creating separation. On longer routes he relies on his speed to help, but can struggle to manufacture space by lacking some nuance in his routes and making them less predictable. Hockenson has big strong hands that allow him to pluck the ball out of the air and go up and win contested catches. Because of an inaccurate quarterback we’ve seen that Hockenson is able to adjust to passes outside of his frame and still be able to make the catch. In three games he never double caught a ball.
Lately we tend to see one dimensional tight ends come out of college football so an all around tight ends like Hockenson is a rare sight. Hockenson’s ability to play all over the field and used to help block in the run game and be a weapon in the passing attack will make him an attractive prospect for any team. Because tight ends tend to take a little bit longer to develop and he is still raw in certain areas we could see Hockenson take some time to really assert himself into the NFL. That being said he is expected to go in the first round as early as the teens but should be gone by within the first 40 picks.
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