Redskins full NFL first-round mock: Is Chase Young the one?
By Ian Cummings
Aaron Rodgers’ MVP-like 2019 season has turned some away from the scent, but the Green Bay Packers could still use some tangible offensive firepower. Their receiving core is relatively thin behind Davante Adams, and at tight end, Jimmy Graham’s long-term viability is fleeting.
The Packers can reasonably add weapons at both positions at this pick, so why not both? Purdue’s Brycen Hopkins is listed as a tight end on the depth chart, but his traits provide him with the versatility to fulfill a multitude of roles.
Hopkins stands at 6-foot-5, 245, offering excellent size for the tight end position, and for his size, he’s a stellar athlete. He has enough speed and quickness to separate on routes, and he’s a dangerous run-after-catch threat as well.
Hopkins’ relative lack of touchdown production might turn some away, but through eight games this season, with three different quarterbacks, he’s already eclipsed most of his career highs. A merger with Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur’s upstart offense could provide the proper circumstances for Hopkins to explode.