WT: 245 lbs
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Ensworth (Nashville, TN)
Accolades: Senior Bowl.
Brycen Hopkins scouting report
Athleticism: Brycen Hopkins has good athleticism that translates over to the next level of football very well. While he is by no means a great athlete, even for someone his size, he is formidable and knows how to use his size. Uses his feet very well, manipulates defenders and bullies his way in the open field to break tackles.
Release/Route Running: Hopkins is a very good route runner. Uses his feet very well, manipulates defensive backs with subtle moves to create space. His release is good, just a little bit slow. Didn’t really face defenses that wanted to press him.
Catch Ability: Hopkins tape raises questions about his hands. Not as great in contested catch situations. He doesn’t have an unusual catch radius. I think that Hopkins likes to catch the ball in his breadbasket area and struggles with bad habits like alligator arms. It could be an issue at the next level.
Blocking Ability: Hopkins is a good blocker and knows how to be effective. Impacts run plays with outstanding edge blocks. Shows good strength, another component that will translate over to the next level. One of the better blocking tight ends in the class.
Football IQ/Awareness: Usually a very smart and heady player. Impressive field vision. Stays aware of everything around him.
Overall: Brycen Hopkins has a ceiling higher than most tight ends in this class. At his very worst, he’s an immediate contributor as a blocker and a TE2. The ceiling is for Hopkins to be on George Kittle’s level. He is already a solid blocker, needs to shore up the issues with his hands, but the sky is the limit for him. Day two prospect who can certainly sneak into the first round.