The Packers have a lot of position holes to fill from edge rusher, middle linebacker, safety to offensive lineman and tight end. One player that gets mentioned as a good fit with the Green Bay Packers is Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson.
Many experts are predicting that T.J. Hockenson will be the first tight end drafted in April. He stands at 6 feet 5 inches and weighs 251 pounds. He is hailed for his pass catching abilities but is also one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft. With new Packers head coach Matt Lafleur wanting to run the ball more, being able to have players at the skill positions who can block is going to be key.
At the NFL Combine, Hockenson clocked a 4.7-second 40-yard dash. Those are solid and respectable numbers for a tight end. He had 17 repetitions on the bench press, was second-best among all tight ends at the combine with a 37.5 vertical jump, and had a 10 feet 3-inch jump in the broad jump. Overall, it was solid combine, which should keep his stock as the first tight end selected.
Granted, the Packers brass has confirmed that the team is bringing Jimmy Graham back for a second season with the team, he wasn’t as productive as they hoped for in his first season. General Manager Brian Gutekunst could select his tight end of the future at some point in the draft.
It is hard to get a grasp on where T.J. Hockenson would be drafted at this point. Some mock drafts have him off the board before the Packers draft at number 12, and some have him being selected some place between 20 – 29.
Hockenson played two seasons at Iowa. According to ESPN stats, his sophomore in 2018 he caught 49 passes for 760 yards and six touchdowns. During his freshman year, he caught 24 passes for 320 yards and 3 touchdowns. He more than doubled his production.
With the Packers reportedly going after edge rushers in free agency, it is possible that Gutekunst spends one of his first-round
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