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A CLOSER LOOK: Tight end T.J. Hockenson

Player: Tight end T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

Pick: Round 1, 8th overall

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 251

Combine workout results: 4.70 40; 17 reps in the bench press; 37.5 vertical jump, 123 inches in the standing broad jump, good performance in agility tests.

Bio: Along with Noah Fant, one of two tight ends from Iowa who are first-round prospects this year. Hockenson has legitimate top 10 ability, as he showed in his production as a three-year player. He can be an every-down tight end because of his strong blocking to go with receiving skills. Plays faster than the 4.70 Combine 40 time. Produced as a true freshman in 2016 (24 catches, 3 TDs). Closed out career in 2018 with 49 catches, 15.5 yards per catch, six TDs.

From Chanton, Iowa, population a little more than 4,000, a player from a small town has a big role to play in an offense that was lacking impact at the tight end position last year.

Analyst's take, Daniel Jeremiah "A fun player to watch ... he fights through press coverage and will stair-step defenders. Very physical after the catch. He tracks the ball naturally, and his high-point skills are on display in the red zone. Overall, Hockenson is one of the best blocking tight ends I've ever evaluated. He is a Day 1 impact player at the next level."

Mike O'Hara's take: The Lions need another tight end who can play in all situations, and Hockenson fills that need, and potentially at a high level. No need to overthink it. GM Bob Quinn followed his draft board – just like he said he would.

Tim Twentyman's take: This has been a big need for the Lions and they got the best available tight end in this draft in Hockenson. He's one of the best pass-blocking tight ends to enter the league in a long time, and also is a plus player in the passing game. He's a perfect fit for new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's offense.

Tight end depth chart: Back from last year are 2017 fourth-round draft pick Michael Roberts and Jerome Cunningham, who played one game in 2018.

Offseason additions: Jesse James, formerly of Pittsburgh, and Logan Thomas, formerly of the Bills, were signed as free agents.

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