Bucky Hodges-TE-Virginia Tech
Size: 6’6 257lbs

Bucky Hodges

Strengths:

  • Size
  • Athleticism
  • Extended catch radius
  • Deep threat for a TE
  • Decent blocker against similar or smaller size
  • Ball tracker
  • Versatile

Analysis: Bucky Hodges has a rare combination of size and athleticism for the position. Smooth glider around the field. Runs fast and plays fast. Long target with extended catch radius. Can get up and over the top of most defenders at the high point. Willing to work over the middle and has the frame for it. Spent time at all receiver spots and could be an option from the slot as well as outside as a pro.  Saw 28 percent of his catches go for 20-plus yards in 2016. Can access a second gear out of route stems. Once he stacks defender on his hip, he wins. Excellent ball tracker with second gear and hand usage for late separation down the field. Former quarterback with valuable knowledge of coverages. Will demand additional attention if covered by a cornerback near goal line. Shows strength to overwhelm defensive backs as a blocker.

Weaknesses:

  • Still raw at position
  • Route running needs to be more refined
  • Body catcher
  • Struggles against jam coverage
  • Struggles to block bigger, stronger defenders

Analysis: Watching his tape, I needed to remind myself Bucky Hodges has played the position just three seasons and still has a lot to learn. He is a long strider who can be put into neutral by a physical jam from press. Too nonchalant along his routes. Needs to hit route landmarks more quickly to give quarterback a timely, presentable target. Defaults into running through defender rather than effectively adjusting routes. Struggled to finish challenging catches. Lower percentage of clean catches trapping throws against his body and double catching it. May lack power and toughness to be a reliable in-line option as a blocker.

NFL Comparison: Clive Walford

Draft Projection: Round 4

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