2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker

KNOXVILLE, TN - June 02, 2021 - Quarterback Hendon Hooker #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers headshot taken in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

Hendon Hooker

Tennessee

Report Grade

7.28

Position Rank

5

Overall Rank

41

Hendon Hooker

Tennessee

Player Comp

Marcus Mariota

Projection

Late-First to Early-Second

Height

6’3″

Weight

217

40 Time

N/A

Class

rSenior

QB

Combine Measurables

Arm Length

33″

Hand Size

10 1/2″

Wingspan

N/A

3 Cone

N/A

Vertical

N/A

Broad Jump

N/A

Bench Press

N/A

Shuttle

N/A

Career Stats

YearSchoolClassGamesCompletionsAttemptsPercentagePassing YardsYards Per AttemptTouchdownsInterceptionsQB Rating
2018Virginia TechrFR3--------
2019Virginia TechrSO109916261.115559.6132165.8
2020Virginia TechrJR89815065.313398.995153.5
2021TennesseerSR1320630368.029459.7313181.4
2022TennesseerSR1122932969.631359.5272175.5

Strengths

  • Delivers the ball with good anticipation when he’s throwing from a clean pocket
  • Climbs the pocket with ease to avoid pressure from the outside or to scramble upfield
  • Capable of progressing through his reads with haste and efficiency
  • Possesses very good quickness, burst, and vision as a designed runner

Weaknesses

  • His accuracy, both inside and outside the pocket, leaves a lot to be desired
  • Delayed blitzes and stunts are difficult for him to process
  • Lacks change of direction to make defenders miss out in space
  • Footwork can be sloppy inside of the pocket

Bio

2023 NFL Draft Hendon Hooker Draft Profile and Scouting Report

Hendon Hooker originally committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies, but transferred to Tennessee following the 2020 season. His two seasons for the Volunteers were impactful, averaging 3,000 passing yards and a completion percentage above 68%. He’s a true dual-threat quarterback that’s capable of moving the ball down the field with his arm, as well as his legs.  His 2022 season was cut short following a knee injury against South Carolina.

He throws with good anticipation when he has time to fully set in the pocket. However, his ball placement can be spotty at times, especially downfield or when throwing from outside of the pocket. He does well when climbing the pocket to avoid pressure off of the edge, but delayed blitzes are an Achilles’ heel. Further, his internal clock can run a bit long, often times getting him into unnecessary trouble. He’s quick and efficient in progressing through his reads, but will, on occasion, throw into double-coverage. I’d like to see him speed up his trigger as he is occasionally a touch late on his release. His arm velocity isn’t the best in the 2023 NFL Draft class, but isn’t the worst either.

Possesses good athleticism and burst to evade defenders in short-yardage situations. His quickness and vision to climb the pocket and scramble upfield is very good. However, he lacks an elite change of direction necessary to make defenders miss out in the open-field. Hooker has a quick upper body release, but his footwork can be a bit sluggish inside of the pocket.

Recruiting Bio

Accolades

2023 QB Rankings

#1

CJ Stroud

QB – Ohio State

#2

Bryce Young

QB – Alabama

#3

Anthony Richardson

QB – Florida

#4

Will Levis

QB – Kentucky

#5

Hendon Hooker

QB – Tennessee

#6

Tanner McKee

QB – Stanford

#7

Jake Haener

QB – Fresno State

#8

Aidan O’Connell

QB – Purdue

#9

Max Duggan

QB – TCU

#10

Tyson Bagent

QB – Shepherd

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