Ray Rivard: TE Austin Hooper, Stanford
Round 1: DT Vern0n Butler
The Green Bay Packers went out and signed tight end Jared Cook to a single-year contract, but that signing doesn’t come close to solving the issues the Packers face at the position. That’s why, if they can’t get Hunter Henry, the Packers should do their best to secure Hooper in the second round.
Here is what walterfootball.com has to say about Hooper: He had 34 receptions for 438 yards and six touchdowns on the year, but played better than the numbers illustrate. Hooper was a real receiving threat for Stanford and has some potential as a blocker. He uses his size well and has quickness down the seam. Hooper could be a receiving mismatch weapon in the NFL.
At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Hooper is not only a pass-catching tight end, but one with potential to fit in as a blocker – an important element in the Packers’ offensive scheme.
If the Packers are to select a legitimate tight end threat, then they need to do so in the first couple of rounds. If they can’t get Henry, Hooper could be the next best thing.
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