Brandon Beane continues to bring help to Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense. This time, it comes in the form of Oregon State wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins. Buffalo selected him with the 207th overall pick in round 6.
Hodgins enjoyed a highly productive final season in college, catching 86 of 118 targets for 1164 yards (13.5 yards per reception) and 13 touchdowns. He lined up mostly out wide, having 757 snaps there against just 33 in the slot, according to Pro Football Focus.
WR Isaiah Hodgins' career numbers in the red zone (SIS)
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) April 25, 2020
The former Beaver had a good NFL Combine, measuring in at 6’4″ and 210 pounds with 33 1/8″ arms and 9 7/8″ hands. Despite running a poor 40-yard dash (4.61 seconds), his 36 1/2″ vertical, 124″ broad jump and 4.12-second 20-yard shuttle were all good numbers.
Okay #Bills fans, Isaiah Hodgins is AWESOME
Supposedly the best hands in the draft and a great route runner at 6-4
— Nate Mendelson (@NateMendelson) April 25, 2020
With this combination of great size and decent athleticism, plus stellar catching ability (just three drops on 179 catchable passes, according to PFF), Hodgins struggles to separate but consistently wins on contested passes. He posted the highest contested catch rate in college football in the last two seasons at 67.4%.
Isaiah Hodgins receiving
1 drop pic.twitter.com/Jh0NiHWpmK
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) April 22, 2020
One anonymous scout had this to say about him:
“He will provide Allen with a big catch radius with his size and frame. He excels in the red zone. Excellent size and solid frame, struggles versus press due to lack of quickness and suddenness, understands how to use his body at the catch point, body-catcher when given a ball on his frame but has excellent ball skills and has shown the ability to stretch out on errant throws, go-to WR and will be targeted in red zone on slant and fade, poor effort as a blocker, pre-snap stance will determine his involvement in the play. Great value pick with the upside he has.”
Another very good catch by Hodgins. Holds the redline, reels the pass in and manages to get both feet in. pic.twitter.com/xnFKReVe7J
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) February 13, 2020
He sounds like a great pick to have this late in the draft. Hodgins’ lack of speed and strength hurt his draft stock, but he could certainly emerge as a valuable asset down the road.