Stanford’s Austin Hooper 2016 Scouting Report
The lack of depth at the tight end position in this year’s draft likely played a role in Austin Hooper’s decision to enter the draft. However, he’s a good looking prospect who has a chance to develop into a strong contributor at the next level.
Hooper fits the mold of the trending tight end build in the NFL right now. He has good length, quickness and strong hands. His strength is his ability to run crisp routes and high-point the football. He routinely plucks the football away from his frame.
This clip shows Hooper attacking the ball and making a great catch in traffic:
It’s these type of catches that need to be a staple in the game of a tight end. They are often asked to work over the middle or in the redzone where there are a lot of bodies. Hooper knows how to handle these situations and when to use his body to box out defenders.
His ability as a blocker needs some improvement. He lacks the strength to generate a push off the line. However, Hooper shows a willingness to get involved in the run game and does a good job fighting for inside hand placement.
He may need work as a blocker but the fact he is willing stands out for coaches. Still, Hooper will be drafted because of his ability as a pass catcher. He may ultimately need a year or two before he’s ready to contribute, but there is upside here.
Current Draft Position: 4th Round