Position: Tight End
40 Time: 4.7
Cone Drill: 7.02
225′ Reps: 17
T.J. Hockenson is the best all-around TE in the draft, something the Packers haven’t had for several year. Hockenson is a phenomenal blocker and is great at the point of attack. Hockenson won the 2018 John Mackey Award for the nation’s best TE. Hockenson led the Hawkeyes with 49 grabs for 760 yards and six touchdowns on a non passing team and splitting time with fellow possible first round pick, Noah Fant.
Hockenson is a very good route runner and is still quite young at 21. He has solid hands, measuring at 9.5 inches allowing him a good catch radius. Hockenson always fights for those extra yards. He isn’t the athletic freak that Noah Fant is but his 4.7 40 yard dash is fast enough with as good of a route runner he is.
He can add a bit of muscle and be a little stronger. He needs to be a little better in technique in blocking but it is coachable. Hockenson is perhaps a one year wonder with a phenomenal redshirt sophomore season and an okay redshirt Freshman season. His weaknesses on field are all very coachable.
How He Fits
TJ Hockenson is TE1. The way Matt LaFleur uses Tight Ends, Hockenson will be TE1 in 2020. His size and speed and blocking prowess allow him to see the field in 12 or 22 personnel immediately. Hockenson would also be a nice security blanket for Aaron Rodgers. Green back would almost certainly need to take him at 12 or in the teens so no other TE needy teams take him.