T.J. Hockenson
T.J. Hockenson
22-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Detroit Lions
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Lions whiffed when they used the No. 10 pick on Eric Ebron five years ago, but they took a similar swing this spring, tabbing Hockenson with the No. 8 selection. Hockenson won the Mackey Award as a redshirt sophomore, showing better hands and blocking chops than his physically gifted Iowa teammate and fellow first-round pick, Noah Fant. And then Hocksenson's stock improved at the combine, where he turned the drill list into his own personal edition of the Superstars, finishing top-two among TEs in the vertical jump (37.5 inches), broad jump (123 in.), three-cone drill (7.02 seconds) and short shuttle (4.18 sec.). His 4.70 time in the 40-yard dash, while comparatively unimpressive, was more than sufficient for a 251-pound player. Just keep in mind that tight end is the hardest skill position for rookies to make an immediate impact, and Hockenson will need to battle Jesse James for snaps this summer. Go crazy in keeper and dynasty drafts, but try to keep your cleats on the ground in redraft leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $19.82 million contract with the Lions in May of 2019.
Viewed as 'mold-breaker'
TEDetroit Lions
May 29, 2019
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Hockenson could be a "mold breaker" as a rookie, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Specifically, Bevell is referring to the well-publicized tendency for rookie tight ends to struggle in their first season -- presumably due to a steep learning curve that generally involves a combination of learning to block much heavier edge rushers and out-maneuver defensive backs 30-plus pounds lighter. After getting an initial look at Hockenson during the first few weeks of offseason practices, Bevell apparently believes the No. 8 overall pick is already skilled enough as both a blocker and receiver to buck that trend. Hockenson's performance at Iowa last year coupled with his pre-draft workout numbers certainly support that notion. The bigger issue for Hockenson is likely the presence of Jesse James, who signed a lucrative four-year, $22.6 million contract with the Lions earlier in the offseason and could also have a large role in Bevell's offense in 2019.
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How often does T.J. Hockenson run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how T.J. Hockenson and the other tight ends for the Lions are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
277 routes   39 targets
14 routes   1 target
115 routes   17 targets
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2018 T.J. Hockenson Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do T.J. Hockenson's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 5"
251 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.70 sec
Shuttle Time
4.18 sec
Cone Drill
7.02 sec
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
Broad Jump
123 in
Bench Press
17 reps
Hand Length
9.50 in
Arm Length
32.25 in
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Snagged by Lions
TEDetroit Lions
April 25, 2019
The Lions selected Hockenson in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, eighth overall.
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Tests well at NFL Combine
TEFree Agent
March 3, 2019
Hockenson recorded a 4.70-second time in the 40-yard dash at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.
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Leaves school early to turn pro
TEFree Agent
January 14, 2019
Hockenson will leave Iowa early in order to enter the 2019 NFL Draft, Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com reports.
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