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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IOL Jared Hocker

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  • February 8, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY – JARED HOCKER

Playing in 38 games throughout his career, Jared Hocker has been able to gain experience primarily at guard. With a well-developed frame, he utilizes his lower half to cancel out rushers quickly. He's a below-average athlete, so superior athletes will always be a challenge for him. In a primarily downhill scheme that doesn’t force its guards to move off of their spots frequently, Hocker could find a home as down-the-line depth to fill out a roster.

Ideal Role: Developmental guard in a downhill blocking scheme that doesn’t move him off of his spots often

Scheme Fit: Man/Gap/Power blocking scheme.

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: Auburn (2020), LSU (2020), Mississippi State (2020), Alabama (2020), South Carolina (2020), Vanderbilt (2020)

Best Game Studied: South Carolina (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Alabama (2020)

Competitive Toughness: Hocker is an interior blocker that will compete until the end. Not shying away from physical battles, he embraces the process of the back and forth engagement between him and the opposition. He showed lots of competitiveness throughout his final season.

Balance: Moments after the ball has been snapped, Hocker likes to plant his feet in the ground and maintain his areas. He's a limited athlete, but he can be difficult to move out of his spaces because of a physically mature lower half. A bit of a misfit in the Aggies' zone-based blocking offense, they performed some things that he simply was incapable of doing because of the deficiencies in his lower half. 

Anchor Ability: A strong lower half is coupled with upper levels of grip strength. He’s able to sink his weight and relegate to that when facing bull rushers or ones that attempt to attack him down the middle of his frame.

Lateral Mobility: Forced to perform lots of side-to-side runs, his athleticism challenges are noticeable as he struggles with cut-off blocks and winning with angles. Climbing to the second level has been a developed trait, but his accuracy with landing on targets has been sporadic.

Power at P.O.A.: Using his power has been his go-to tactic when engaged in a battle, he has the strength to overwhelm rushers at the point of attack. Having the strength necessary to enforce on the first level has been the main attribute of his success.

Hand Technique: Still needing polish with his accuracy on landing spots, he’s inconsistent when dealing with counter moves. Outside of simply anchoring down, having an answer to the first move demonstrated by rushers has been an inconsistent journey for him throughout his career.  

Football IQ: Gaining more experience in the system, he’s made strides as both a run blocker and pass protector—the biggest being looking for work in exterior gaps if his areas aren't busy and looking for ways to win outside of simply power.

Versatility: A guard in a tackle's body, he has a long build with a thick base. Playing mostly guard throughout his career, he’s gained experience on both sides. With no documented tackle experience, he’s a guard-only prospect because of his athletic limitations. 

Pass Sets: Without having much twitch in his body, he’s a bit of a galloper in his pass sets. With inconsistencies in his sets, he struggles with quick-moving athletes. Crossing his face and winning over his shoulders have been seen, but he has to get his hands on defenders quickly in order to have a chance at sustaining. Otherwise, he doesn’t have the athleticism to readjust after initially missing.

Flexibility: Hocker can turn into a waist bender when unable to keep his feet underneath of him. Fast-moving defenders have experienced lots of success against him because of his lack of flexibility and inability to adjust to their quick movements. 

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Jordan Reid: 64/100

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