Weight: 245 lbs.
Brycen Hopkins emerged as one of the best tight ends in the nation this season thanks to his big body and frame, impressive speed for his position and excellent ball skills. Route running is one of his strengths, which should make him a starting-caliber player from Day 1 in the NFL. He posted a solid statline in his senior season of 61 catches for 830 yards and seven touchdowns.
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While Hopkins can undoubtedly succeed as a pass catcher, his ceiling in the NFL may be determined by how well he can develop as a blocker. He’s not overly physical, but he won’t get pushed around. Still, if he can become even tougher and play in the trenches, he can be one of the most valuable pieces on an offense.
Why he may fit with Washington:
While it’s not the most important position in football, tight end is clearly one of the largest holes on Washington’s roster. Case in point: Jeremy Sprinkle, who finished with 26 receptions for 241 yards and one touchdown on the year, was the Redskins’ best tight end, though he was 38th in the league. Generally, teams draft for value and the best player available — not just to fill needs — but for the right price, Hopkins would be an excellent addition in Washington.
Brycen Hopkins is a highly athletic tight end who runs great routes and has the tools to be one of the better players at his position, especially if he can become a better blocker, meaning he’s well worth a look for the tight-end needy Redskins.
Projected Round: 2nd/3rd