Finding Broncos: Scouting Virginia Tech Tight End Bucky Hodges

The Broncos are looking to upgrade their tight end corps. Could Bucky Hodges be the answer? Senior Draft Analyst Erick Trickel scouts the big Hokie.

Bucky Hodges, Tight End, Virginia Tech Hokies

http://www.scout.com/player/147601-bucky-hodges?s=101

Combine Measurements

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 257 pounds

Arms: 32-½ inches

Hands: 10-? inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.57 seconds

Bench Press (225 lbs): 18 reps

Vertical Jump: 39 inches

Broad Jump: 134 inches

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.45 seconds

60-Yard Shuttle: 12.08 seconds

Medical

N/A

Character

N/A

Stats

Year Receptions Yards TD Rush Att Yards TD
2014 45 526 7 7 20 0
2015 40 530 6 5 27 1
2016 48 691 7 9 42 0

Pros

Excellent size and athleticism for an NFL tight end. Flashes good strength as a blocker. Can get up and get the ball at the high point. Plays fast. Glides on the field. Huge catch radius.

Tracks the ball really well. Has second gear to get separation. Has good hand work to get separation as well. Works over the middle, and is more than willing to do so. Can line up in multiple spots.

Works all three levels of the field and works really well in the seam. Had a lot of 20-plus yard catches. Former quarterback and still has the brain of a quarterback.

Is able to see and read defenses before the snap. Hard to cover near the end zone because of his size and athleticism. Extremely high football IQ.

Cons

Still a raw tight end despite his experience. Struggles when taking on jams at the line.

Needs to use his power more consistently as an in-line blocker. Needs to be quicker with his route running. Easy going when running routes.

Struggles with contested catches at times. Hands are unreliable when catching the ball and had a lot of double catches, which would end up drops in the NFL. Slow acceleration. Not big on yards after the catch.

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Bucky Hodges is a talented but raw tight end prospect. His hands need work to be more reliable and consistent, as do his routes.

However, he is a big, athletic tight end that has a huge catch radius and provides amazing value near the end zone. He can contribute, but in certain ways, to start his career. Hodges is just extremely raw despite three years of playing experience.

Fit With The Broncos

Again, the Denver Broncos are looking for a bigger receiving threat from the tight end position, which they are lacking. Hodges is one of many options for the Broncos who would bring that receiving threat to the team.

His size and athleticism will help them in the red zone, which is an area the Broncos need drastic improvement. However, they will need to spend a lot of time with him before he is anything more than a role tight end.

Draft Grade: Round 4

Where He Goes: Round 2-3

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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