Five players for the Redskins to watch closely at 2020 Senior Bowl
The 2020 NFL Draft isn’t believed to have a lot of top-end talent at the tight end position. That said, a handful of solid-looking contributors are emerging at in Mobile, a couple of players, in particular, have caught the eyes of scouts.
Brycen Hopkins and Adam Trautman have both performed well at the Senior Bowl practices. Both have done well on the field while Trautman also reportedly aced the interview portion of the week. So for this one, you could really go either way.
If I’m the Redskins, I’d keep a closer eye on Hopkins. The Purdue tight end has been a contributor for the squad for four years and is coming off his best season as a receiver. In 11 games last year, he caught 61 passes for 830 yards and seven touchdowns. His athletic ability should give him a chance to continue to make plays at the NFL level and if he can fill out his 6-foot-5 frame a bit more, he could become a well-rounded player.
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At the Senior Bowl, it will be worth watching Hopkins to see if he can get involved in the receiving game early. If that happens, then he should pique the ‘Skins interest early on given the void of talent that they have at the tight end position.
With a potential strong free-agent tight end class coming up, I’ve been more of a fan of the idea of signing a free agent option to serve as the top player at the position while drafting a developmental tight end to compete with Jeremy Sprinkle and Hale Hentges for backup roles. Hopkins would be a perfect fit, though it’s fair to wonder if one of the draft’s best eligible tight ends will make it out of the second round.
We’ll have to wait and see on the second part of that statement, but the Redskins certainly won’t wait to evaluate the Boilermaker who could make a big difference at a big position of need.