2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Iowa TE TJ Hockenson

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

TJ Hockenson Scouting Report

Height: 6’5

Weight: 250 lbs

2018 John Mackey Award winner as top tight end. First-Team All-American by AFCA and USA Today. Second-Team All-American by Walter Camp, FWAA, AP, and Phil Steele. Two-time Academic All-Big Ten. In this scouting report, we breakdown Iowa tight end TJ Hockenson.

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What I Like:

Effort

This isn’t a flashy play in terms of yards gained, but TJ Hockenson does display the ability to fight for yards and do what it takes to get the first down, as shown in this scouting report. Hockenson is still an unpolished receiver, which he’ll have to work on, but he does have the tools that an NFL coach can work with.

 

What I Dislike:

Physicality In The Trenches

As impressive as T.J. Hockenson is, he must show more physicality off the line of scrimmage. As illustrated below, he’s tossed around like a rag doll by the defender. Hockenson has an above average ability as a defender, but must show more consistency to drive through his blocks.

 

Run Blocking

This is a fantastic block by TJ Hockenson on this play, as shown in this scouting report. He maintains a low frame off the line and drives through the defender to create a massive hole for the running back.

 

Overall Breakdown

Shows an average ability to run routes as a receiver. Must improve footwork and ability to cut in and out of breaks. Shows average ability to drive through blocks off line of scrimmage. Has the ideal size and build for the position. Could struggle against speedy edge rushers.

 

Draft Round Projection

Mid-First to Second Round

T.J. Hockenson is the first tight end on my big board. I can see him coming off the board as high as tenth to Denver or twelfth to Green Bay, or falling out of the first round and into one of the early picks of the second round.

TJ Hockenson Scouting Report
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