Games Evaluated: 2018 Vs: Oregon; 2019 Vs: Oklahoma State, Hawaii
Report By: Ryan Lippert
One of the biggest strengths that stands out with Hodgins is that he is going to go up and get the ball when thrown to. He has a very high catch radius which comes from a good combination of explosion to elevate over defenders and flexibility to reach up for the ball to catch it at its highest point. Also has great instincts to turn his body at the right timing to make the catch. While this is all great, his best quality is his hands. He is a natural hands catcher that can pluck the ball out of the air in traffic. All of this added together makes him a very difficult receiver to cover in the red zone. Once he makes the catch, he does a great job of getting the ball secured and tucked away, as he only had one fumble in college.
Hodgins has the frame and ball skills to have potential as a very good outside receiver. One of the only things keeping him from being an elite outside threat is his lack of deep speed. While he has long strides, he doesn't have much acceleration to him or second gear to run by defenders on fade routes. This is why a lot of his catches are contested as he struggles to create separation. He is a good enough route runner to succeed at the next level but his lack of short-area quickness and initial quickness off the line of scrimmage hold him back in that area. Due to his lack of burst and physicality, Hodgins could have trouble getting a good release versus jams at the next level. His blocking in the run game also needs some work as he has the length to get good extension on defenders but lacks the strength and physicality to finish blocks.
Isaiah Hodgins is the type of receiver that can be counted on to have an impressive highlight reel due to his acrobatic catches in traffic and being a constant threat to score in the red zone. Unfortunately, once the full game film is turned on, he has several areas that need some work. In college, he came to Oregon State as a four-star receiver prospect and saw immediate playing time as a freshman. He started in six games and finished with 31 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore, he saw his role in the offense grow as he started in nine games and led the team with 56 receptions for 876 yards and five touchdowns. This earned him All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors. Hodgins continued to shine in his third and final season with the Beavers, finishing with 86 receptions for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns. His play helped him receive recognition as a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist while earning First Team All-Pac 12 honors. Hodgins will be a great value pick on day three of the draft for a team needing wide receiver depth. As a pro, he will continue to be a very dangerous red-zone threat and a solid rotational piece as a fourth or fifth receiver on the depth chart. If he can sure up his route running technique just a little more and show that he can beat man coverage at the next level, he will move even higher up the depth chart and be poised for a very successful professional career.
Round Projection: 5th-6th
Team Fits: Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings
NFL Comparison: Geronimo Allison