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NAME: T.J. Hockenson

SCHOOL: Iowa

POSITION: Tight End

CLASS: Redshirt Sophomore

JERSEY: No. 38

RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star

HT: 6-5

WT: 243 lbs

D.O.B.: 7/3/1997


PROS: T.J. Hockenson is an absolute beat in the run game. Effective in pushing off of the line of scrimmage and shows sticky hands to latch onto the chest plate of defenders and sustaining his initial push. Effective control in the open space as a flexed blocker on the edge as well, shows great mobility to twist back and pin defenders as a strong side defender. Has a smart sense of bumping out of his stance and leaking past efforts to jam him at the line of scrimmage. Will rip through contact before accelerating up the field and into the secondary. Strong hands, plays a powerful brand after the catch and at the catch point. Shows some crafty skills in working angles to ensure a clean break across the face of his defender’s face.

CONS: Still has some room to grow into his frame through the trunk and the lower half, although functional strength doesn’t appear to be an issue thanks to tenacity with feet. Has not always caught the nose of the ball when contested at the catch point, although hasn’t directly resulted in a lot of missed conversion opportunities. Has overrun some block attempts if given too much space to close in on a body, but has plenty of flexibility to create needed contact to delay pursuit.

– Kyle Crabbs