PROS: Wonderful body control, balance ball skills, hands and adjustments. Has a natural feel for tracking the football and he catches everything. Makes acrobatic catches look easy in addition to handling the routine stuff. Does well to find space in zone coverage to make himself available. A true technician as a route runner and he’s fairly refined. Forces his share of false steps from corners and he has some deception to him. Long and tall with a massive catch radius and he does well to extend it vertically. Outstanding skills along the sideline. The most natural hands in the class.
CONS: Doesn’t create anything after the catch and you won’t find broken tackles on tape. Painfully slow releasing off the line and his ability to uncover against press coverage is a massive concern. Play speed is modest and he lacks separation quickness - technique is required for him to uncover. Throttle down working back to the football is elongated. Isn’t physical or strong enough to maximize his style of play. Twitch and suddenness are missing.
BEST TRAIT - Hands, Ball Skills
WORST TRAIT - Separation Quickness, Betting Press Coverage
RED FLAGS - None
Oregon State wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins offers a wonderful blend of size, body control, catch radius, hands, ball skills and route running technique. He found a great deal of projection last season at Oregon State and he literally catches everything. With that said, his inability to create post-catch, lack of separation quickness and ability to beat press coverage are causes for concern at the next level. With improvement, he can command plenty of targets at the next level but his deficiencies are tough to overcome. Hodgins is likely a WR4 that will need to prove himself on special teams.