1. TJ Hockenson, Iowa
6-5, 251: Everything is there to not just be a great player, but he could potentially be a franchise type of tight end to work an entire offense around.
He’s what you want with great size, a big frame, explosive leaping ability, and the type of soft hands to catch 49 passes for 760 yards and six scores last season despite having another NFL tight end in Noah Fant in the mix, too.
With good enough functional speed, he can get down the field and go up and get the ball when it’s hung up in his catching radius. The best part about it all is what might be coming.
He’s still got room to add another ten good pounds on his frame, and he’s still fine-tuning his pass catching skills – he can still be an even better route runner.
Throw in the blocking ability to go with his smooth, athletic style of play, and he’s about as prototype as it gets.
Projected Round: Top Ten Overall
Real Value: First