Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson goes to Lions with eighth pick

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Five years after using a first round pick on a tight end, the Detroit Lions have elected to do so once again.

The Lions selected Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson with the eighth overall pick.

Detroit took Eric Ebron with the 10th overall pick of the 2014 draft, which was the last time a tight end was selected in the top 10 of the draft. Tight end was an area of need for Detroit with Ebron leaving for Indianapolis last year and Luke Willson signing with the Oakland Raiders in free agency in March.

Hockenson is a two-way tight end capable of dominating as a blocker and has the skills to be a plus receiver as well.

Hockenson will join Jesse James, Michael Roberts and Jerome Cunningham at the position in Detroit.

21 responses to “Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson goes to Lions with eighth pick

  1. What do Jordan reed, Travis kelce, and Jimmy graham have in common? They were all 3rd round picks. Meanwhile the lions burn 3 first round picks in a decade on TE, two of those being in the TOP TEN.

    For those keeping track at home, the lions have drafted 33.3% of the tight ends taken in the first round in the last decade (3/9). They must know something the rest of the league doesn’t.

  2. Yeah, cause the Lions biggest problem is TE. No wonder they are perennial losers. Bring back Fontes!

  3. I feel bad for Hockenson. The ability is there but the situation he’s coming into is toxic.. he literally needs to be a pro bowl player RIGHT AWAY to be accepted by the fans. It’s not his fault Pettigrew or ebron didn’t work out in Detroit. Shame on bob Quinn. I hope I’m wrong.

  4. Past picks at the position, although commonly referred to, are irrelevant. If Hockenson becomes a great player, no one will care that the Lions previously drafted Ebron and Pettigrew, much like Calvin was the right pick despite misses on Charles Rogers and Mike Williams.

    He appears to be an extremely talented, versatile, high-floor player at a key position, and joins a quality offense. I would have preferred a trade down, but he’s a great prospect and ideal fit.

  5. As a Long suffering Lions fan, this pick sickens me. We’ve seen this debacle twice already, and it’s only amplified by the fact that Oliver was still on the board.

    Oliver will probably end up being a hall of fame player while Hockenson will have to be a generational talent to not be considered a bust; which is unfair to both him and us as Lions fans. Quinn has lost a LOT of fans this day.

  6. isphet71 says:
    April 25, 2019 at 10:26 pm
    As a Long suffering Lions fan, this pick sickens me. We’ve seen this debacle twice already, and it’s only amplified by the fact that Oliver was still on the board.

    Oliver will probably end up being a hall of fame player while Hockenson will have to be a generational talent to not be considered a bust; which is unfair to both him and us as Lions fans. Quinn has lost a LOT of fans this day.

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    I read this on the Pats board about Gronk in 2010.

  7. Patricia thinks he has the next Gronk. Belichick is in everyone’s head. Lions do this, the Giants take the Duke QB that the Pats showed interest in.

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