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Lions notes: T.J. Hockenson grades 11th among first-round rookies per PFF

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The Lions’ rookie TE has had a solid, but unspectacular start to his career.

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After his head-turning debut against the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions eighth overall pick T.J. Hockenson has slowed considerably. Since that 131-yard debut, Hockenson has just a total of 212 yards in the other eight game appearances this season. As of now, Hockenson ranks just 11th among all tight ends with 343 receiving yards.

Of course, as many warned this offseason, expecting immediate production from a rookie tight end was asking too much. Tight end is considered one of the toughest positions to move from college to the pros, and many of the best tight ends in NFL history had underwhelming rookie years.

That all being said, Hockenson isn’t doing too bad compared to other first-round picks in his draft class. PFF shared the grades of the first 32 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, and Hockenson currently holds the 11th-best grade with 63.8.

“Through 10 weeks, Hockenson has averaged 7.4 yards after the catch per reception, a mark that ranks third among the 40 tight ends who’ve seen at least 20 targets so far this year,” PFF’s Mark Chichester wrote this week.

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