When NFL draft talk started heating up after the Super Bowl, the idea of the Tennessee Titans taking Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson at No. 19 seemed absolutely ludicrous.
But over the last two months, not only has the idea of Hockenson to the Titans picked up steam, most analysts feel like it would be a steal for Tennessee if it happened.
NFL analyst Greg Cosell, however, doesn’t see it happening. In fact, he thinks Hockenson could be a top ten pick. Cosell told The Midday 180 on Thursday that he couldn’t find a weakness in Hockenson’s game.
“I couldn’t find a single weakness in T.J. Hockenson’s game.” He isn’t a reach at all for Jacksonville at #7.”- @gregcosell
— The Midday 180 (@Midday180) April 25, 2019
I was among those who felt like Hockenson to Tennessee would be a reach. But like a lot of folks, I’ve warmed up to the idea over the last couple of months.
Delanie Walker is coming off a major injury and he turns 35 in August. Even if Walker returns to form in 2019, he is clearly in the final stages of his NFL career.
Jonnu Smith, who will be entering his third season in the NFL, has yet to prove he’s capable of being a starting tight end in the NFL.
Of course, we still don’t know exactly how many years Walker has left. Let’s say he performs at a near elite level for another three or four seasons. And let’s be positive and say that Smith develops into a starting tight end. Would it befit the Titans to have an embarrassment of riches at the tight end position?
I certainly don’t think it would be bad thing. The New England Patriots made a two tight end system work quite well with Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, before Hernandez’s legal issues prematurely ended a good offensive setup.
And who was the director of college scouting when the Patriots took two tight ends in the 2010 NFL Draft?
Yep, you guessed it. Titans GM Jon Robinson.
Robinson is going to select the player that will best help the Titans in the long run. And that will be the player who is the best available when the Titans select (assuming they don’t trade up for a specific player). Robinson won’t reach for a player just because he plays a certain position.
And speaking of trading up, at this point that might be the only way the Titans end up landing Hockenson.
Never say never, because we truly have no clue what Robinson and the Titans will decide to do on Thursday night.
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