Show Navigation
Show Menu

FF Tips

Dynasty Prospect Profile: T.J. Hockenson

By Matt Schauf 1:04pm EDT 4/5/19


T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Height: 6’5
Weight: 251
Age: 21.8


Combine results:

(percentile rank among all TEs at the Combine since 1999, courtesy of mockdraftable.com):

40-yard dash: 4.7 seconds (68th percentile)
Vertical: 37.5 inches (90th)
Broad: 123 inches (91st)
3-cone: 7.02 seconds (77th)
20-yard shuttle: 4.18 seconds (85th)


College career:

Hockenson arrived at Iowa as a 220-pound off a strong high school career, but who got just 2 other FBS-level scholarship offers (Iowa State and Eastern Michigan). He redshirted as a freshman while building up his body and then quickly proved foolish anyone who hadn’t believed in him.

Hockenson ranked 5th in receptions on a 2017 team that lost 3 of its top 4 finishers in that category from the year before. He trailed classmate Noah Fant in catches, yards and TDs, however, after Fant avoided a redshirt in his debut campaign. Hockenson enjoyed his biggest outing with a 5-catch, 71-yard, 2-TD effort in beating Ohio State. That marked the only game in which he topped 3 receptions.

Hockenson showed enough that season, though, to make the 2018 preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award. At the end of the year, he won it.

Iowa’s new leader at TE beat Fant by 10 receptions and 241 yards in 2018, trailing Fant’s team TD lead by 1. Hockenson led the team in receiving yards and trailed WR Nick Easley’s receptions lead by just 3. According to Pro Football Focus, Hockenson ranked 4th among FBS TEs in yards per route run, 8th in slot receptions, 9th in deep-ball receptions (20+ yards in the air) and deep-ball yards and 11th in slot yards.


Film review:

Games watched: Mississippi State, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Indiana

As you might have guessed from those stats in the previous paragraph, Hockenson does pretty much everything well. The Hawkeyes lined him up in various spots, looked his way often and asked him to block plenty.

I started with last season’s Outback Bowl victory over Mississippi State, in which Hockenson stayed quiet for 3 quarters. Then he did this with his 1st reception of a close game in the 4th …

via Gfycat


Hockenson started that play in the backfield. Iowa also split him out in a WR spot often.

via Gfycat


As the PFF stats say, Hockenson proved adept at working down the field …

via Gfycat


And he’s capable of improvising downfield when his QB’s on the run …

via Gfycat


Here’s Hockenson extending to reel in a TD, and then even getting both feet in to make sure it would count in the pros …

via Gfycat


And if you don’t bring him down after he makes a catch in the middle of the field, he’s got the speed and balance to make you pay.

via Gfycat


The last piece here is the blocking. The past few years have given us players such as Evan Engram and Mike Gesicki who look like big wideouts but couldn’t block a Twitter troll. That ain’t Hockenson.

This guy who played just 2 college seasons looks at least ready to compete on that front, even if he’ll likely need to continue building up his strength -- and probably his weight. (Hockenson measured 55th percentile for the position in height but just 38th percentile in weight.)

Just like his receiving exposures, Hockenson got blocking reps -- on both run and pass plays -- from various spots in the formation. And Iowa wasn’t scared to have him seal the play side or even deliver the lead block from a FB spot.

via Gfycat

via Gfycat

via Gfycat


Fantasy outlook:

Hockenson can do everything the position asks and fit any system. He already blocks well enough for 3-down duty, and he can work as a receiver at any level.

Is he a finished product? Of course not. But he’s a whole lot closer than many other TEs who have come out -- even predecessors who went high in Round 1.

History says we shouldn’t expect a TE to deliver big fantasy value right away, but Hockenson looks capable of even that in the right situation. At the least, he merits Round 1 consideration in dynasty rookie drafts. He ranks among this class’ top prospects across positions.

Related Fantasy Football

Podcast: Deep End Night O' Guests 1-11-22

Podcast: Deep End Night O' Guests 1-11-22

2:00pm EST 1/12/22

If you've got questions about playing -- or winning -- FFPC competitions, the guests on this episode have your answers ...

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentPlayoff Rankings

Playoff Rankings

3:48pm EST 1/10/22

Overall and positional rankings for your playoff-long fantasy contests.

Read More »
Podcast: Week 18 Preview 1-6-22

Podcast: Week 18 Preview 1-6-22

2:10pm EST 1/6/22

The fantasy football season ain't over just yet. So let's dig into the final week of action to figure out who we can start and who we should sit.

Read More »
Podcast: Week 17 Preview 12-30-21

Podcast: Week 17 Preview 12-30-21

7:50pm EST 12/30/21

Is it Trey Lance Week? Or is he a classic fantasy football mistake?

Read More »
Podcast: Week 16 Preview 12-23-21

Podcast: Week 16 Preview 12-23-21

3:55pm EST 12/23/21

It's crunch time. It's this week for a shot at the championship. Let's put together your best lineup.

Read More »
Podcast: Deep End Regular-Season Recap 12-14-21

Podcast: Deep End Regular-Season Recap 12-14-21

11:50pm EST 12/17/21

Mike and Adam put a wrap on the fantasy football regular season as we look toward the playoffs -- and the FFPC Championship Round.

Read More »
Podcast: Week 15 Preview 12-16-21

Podcast: Week 15 Preview 12-16-21

2:20pm EST 12/16/21

Injuries, COVID deactivations and playoff decisions got you panicked? We're here to help.

Read More »

Dominate your Fantasy League with

the Ultimate Tool Stack

In the heat of a draft, you want as much intel as possible. The key is integrating that into one simple, powerful tool.

Dominate your Fantasy League with

the Ultimate Tool Stack

In the heat of a draft, you want as much intel as possible. The key is integrating that into one simple, powerful tool.
3D Projections

3D Projections

3D Projections: True Dimension of Every Player’s Potential

Based on our award-winning projections, an axis of data points give insights far deeper than a ranking

View Our Accuracy Awards View Our Accuracy Awards »

Advice Draft Strategy

Advice That’s Actionable on Draft Day

Round-by-Round Draft Strategy Guides, Sleepers, Undervalued Players, Busts and Handcuffs

3D Projections

Draft War Room

Draft War Room: Intel Turned Into Killer Picks

Command your entire draft with a dynamic tool synced to your league. Updating and adapting in real time.

3D Projections

Keep Dominating Throughout The Season

Quickly find the free-agent gems, pull the trigger on the perfect trade & make the right start/sit decisions.

Keep Dominating
Draft Sharks

$6/month thereafter, billed semi-annually, one-click cancel anytime.

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play