There’s nothing inherently wrong about admitting a mistake. In fact, it’s a sign of humility and honesty. Too often people form and opinion and stand pat on it despite evidence to the contrary.
This seems especially true of the NFL Draft. People convince themselves that there are only a couple ways a team should go with their pick and never open up to the possibility of another route.
But, personally, sometimes a player I had previously thought of as a non-starter as a prospect suddenly appears to be more favorable as an option as I learn more information about the player.
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Which NFL Draft prospects has grown on you as a good option for the Detroit Lions with the eighth overall?
My answer: T.J. Hockenson.
I was never as adamantly against this pick as a lot of Lions fans were/are, but I’ll just say it now: I’m fully on board if the Lions decide to go with the Iowa tight end in the first round.
Though I think the Lions have bigger plans for Jesse James than most people assume, the Lions’ depth behind him is absolutely terrifying. As Hamza pointed out this week, if James goes down, the Lions may be better off just playing without the tight end position—something they’d never actually do considering their commitment to the running game.
While Hockenson isn’t superb at any individual aspect of his game, he’s very good at just about everything. He comes from a pro-style offense at Iowa, meaning his transition to the pros should take much shorter than the average tight end prospect—something Bob Quinn has specifically talked about this offseason.
And if we’re being completely honest, the Lions offense could really use another offensive weapon. While the Lions defense is undeniably better than it was at this point last year, the offense is actually a little worse.
Give me Hockenson, and I won’t put up a stink.