Iowa Star TE T.J. Hockenson Called ‘Safest Pick In The NFL Draft’

first_img “I think he’s going to skyrocket,” Kiper said. “You can’t look at him as a one-dimensional player. He’s a multi-dimensional tight end who can do everything you want.”Tankathon’s Mock Draft current predicts that both Hockenson and Fant will be first-round picks. The mock has Hockenson going to the Green Bay Packers at No. 30 and Fant going to the New England Patriots at No. 32.Iowa is certainly living up to its reputation as “Tight End University” this year by sending two highly-touted tight end prospects to the NFL.Hockenson had 49 catches for 760 yards and six touchdowns in his sophomore year at Iowa.Fant’s numbers were similar, catching 39 balls for 519 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns through the air. T.J. Hockenson catches a pass for Iowa against Northwestern.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 10: Tight End T.J. Hockenson #38 of the Iowa Hawkeyes catches a pass during the first half in front of defensive back Travis Whillock #7 of the Northwestern Wildcats on November 10, 2018 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)The Iowa Hawkeyes may not have the reputation for being an NFL player factory like Alabama, Michigan, or Ohio State, but the school consistently churns out draftable talent. This year, however, one Iowa player is poised to be considered a near-lock to be a solid NFL player.Per the Quad-City Times, NFL.com draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has bestowed the “safest pick in the NFL draft” tag to Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson. The sophomore tight end is one of four Iowa players at the combine.Jeremiah explained that Hockenson as well as fellow Hawkeyes tight end Noah Fant could all be considered “day one starters.” He also noted that players like Hockenson who can both catch and block are becoming increasingly valuable.“I think both these guys would be first-round picks, day-one starters and big-time impact guys,” Jeremiah said.“You know you’re going to be getting somebody that’s been coached hard, that’s tough and that can play in line. They’re not just flexed out all the time,” Jeremiah said during a conference call this week. “They have the ability to put their hand on the ground, and they’ve had quite a track record.”Even ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is raving about Hockenson and his abilities at the next level.last_img read more

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