Cody Hoffman NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 15: Cody Hoffman #2  the BYU Cougars hauls in a pass to extend a late drive as the University of Utah Utes during the second half of an college football game September 15, 2012 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Utah beat BYU 24-21. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU (HT: 6'3⅞", WT: 223)

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmHand
603722333 1/4"9 3/4"
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Combine Workouts
40-Yd Dash10-Yd SplitVerticalBroad3-ConeShuttle
4.651.5627.5"9'0"6.894.20
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Positives

  • Has the height teams look for in a possession receiver. 
  • Enough straight-line speed to make defensive backs respect his ability to go deep.
  • Depth and timing of his routes are consistent and he appears to always be on the same page as his quarterback
  • Consistently a go-to target for multiple different quarterbacks during his career at BYU.
  • Smooth acceleration off the line of scrimmage. 
  • Does a nice job adjusting to poorly placed balls and will come down with some acrobatic catches.
  • Takes a nice approach to contested balls downfield—consistently attempts to shield the defender and go up and pluck the ball at its high point.
  • Body control along the sidelines is impressive and it enhances his value as a possession receiver. 
  • Not afraid to work across the middle and will make some tough catches in traffic.
  • Has experience lining up out wide and in the slot, although primarily an outside receiver at BYU.
  • Returned kicks early in his career at BYU, and returned a few punts as a senior. 

 

Negatives

  • Ideal height, but somewhat skinny and would benefit from adding some weight.
  • Straight-line speed is adequate, but his agility and change-of-direction skills limit his ability to make plays after the catch.
  • He has the speed to pick up extra yardage if he's given a lane to run in, but—as a possession receiver—he lacks the quick footwork to turn and make guys miss. 
  • Faced very little press coverage in college due to his size, so it's tough to grade his ability to fight through it.
  • Doesn't lose defensive backs in coverage with his technique. 
  • Frequently rounds off his routes. 
  • Leaping ability is only average, limiting his upside as a possession receiver. 
  • Blocking effort is inconsistent—very hesitant to initiate contact and seems to always be hoping the play doesn't reach the point where his assignment matters.
  • Frequently misses his blocking assignment altogether and lets his man slip past him with minimal effort to slow him down.
  • Barely even attempts to get involved in blocking when it isn't his direct assignment (broken plays, other receivers running after the catch in his area of the field, etc). 
  • Battled through nagging injuries as over the past two seasons (hamstring, shoulder).
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamRecRec YardsYds/RecTD
2010BYU4252712.57
2011BYU6194315.510
2012BYU100124812.511
2013BYU5789415.75
http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/cody-hoffman-1.html

Personal Notes

  • Only FBS scholarship offer was from BYU.
  • Most productive receiver in BYU history, setting school records for receptions, yards and touchdowns.
  • Suspended for one game in 2013 for a violation of team rules, although it's worth noting that BYU holds athletes to a much stricter code of conduct that most other universities. 

 

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

Overall

Hoffman has the height and hands of a quality possession receiver, but overall his tools are exceedingly ordinary. He does lots of things reasonably well, but nothing about his game is special. If he refines his route running, he can develop into a decent third or fourth option—but his ceiling is fairly limited beyond that. Considering the fact that he doesn't offer much in terms of immediate value and his long-term outlook is modest, it would be tough for a team to justify calling his name before the third day of the draft.

 

Draft Projection: 6th Round