TE T.J. Hockenson - Detroit Lions

6-5, 251Born: 7-3-1997College: IowaDrafted: Round 1, pick 8 (2019)

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Summary

The Lions selected T.J. Hockenson 8th overall in the NFL Draft and the rookie should step instantly into the starting role. He is an above-average athlete with an elite combination of blocking and receiving ability. Hockenson was Iowa's leading receiver last season, catching 49 passes for 760 yards. While tight end is generally considered the toughest position in the league at which to make an early impact, Hockenson should have a smoother transition considering Iowa is one of the few college programs which still runs a pro-style offensive attack. While Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay will soak up plenty of targets on the outside, there is a big opportunity for a pass catcher to become the go-to guy for Matthew Stafford in the middle of the field. In that part of the field, Hockenson will compete for targets with veteran slot receiver Danny Amendola. Given the draft capital the Lions spent on Hockenson, expect him to get his opportunities as a pass catcher. He has realistic fantasy TE2 potential as a rookie and could eventually develop into a star. (May 23)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 23, 15, 20, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 31, 33
TE Redraft PPR - 22, 13, 15, 17, 20, 21, 23, 23, 24, 26, 26, 27, 27, 28, 33
TE Dynasty - 11, 9, 13, 16
Overall Rookie - 11, 5, 10, 10, 12, 13, 16

Stats and Projections

YEARGRECYDTD
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 36.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 16.0 38.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 31.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 27.7 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 146
TE: 16
Overall-PPR: 136
TE-PPR: 14

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