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2019 NFL mock draft: Tight end in play for Detroit Lions at 8?

One draft analyst thinks the Lions may go for another top-10 tight end.

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Alright, calm down. Before you go leaping into my email inbox about how stupid I am based on the title of this article, let me be clear: The Detroit Lions grabbing a tight end with the eighth-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft is not my idea.

The idea was proposed by’s Daniel Jeremiah last week when he dropped his Mock Draft 1.0. Jeremiah has the Lions selecting Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson.

“This might be a little early for Hockenson,” Jeremiah admits. “But he fits the physical identity the Lions have been attempting to build.”

In that sense, Jeremiah isn’t wrong. Check out Hockenson plowing this defensive end (!!!) 10 yards back and finishing with a tasty pancake.

Hockenson brings more than an aggressive blocking style, too. The Hawkeye pulled in 49 catches for an impressive 760 yards and six touchdowns last year. His breakout season earned him the John Mackey Award, given to college football’s top tight end.

There’s little doubt that tight end is one of the Detroit’s biggest needs going into the offseason. With Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo sitting on expiring contracts and Michael Roberts off to a disappointing NFL start, Detroit could really use a player like Hockenson.

But one has to seriously consider value here. Is a position like tight end really worth the eighth-overall pick? Obviously, Lions fans still have the Eric Ebron pick—10th-overall in 2014— fresh in their minds, but should one player’s failure discount the value of a completely different player?

There were plenty of other viable options for the Lions in Jeremiah’s mock. Edge defender Clelin Ferrell, defensive tackle Ed Oliver and cornerback Greedy Williams were just three other potential options for the Lions in Jeremiah’s mock, and all three of those players would fill just as big of a need for the Lions.

For me, that makes the Hockenson pick a very hard sell. Even though I like the player, the value just isn’t there with the eighth-overall pick when a game-changing cornerback or pass rusher is still on the board.

What say you?


Would you consider at TE like Hockenson with the 8th overall pick?

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  • 13%
    Yes, for the right player
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  • 86%
    No, TEs shouldn’t be taken that high
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