This is the final selection the Oakland Raiders will make in the 2014 NFL Draft. They acquired this pick in a trade that sent Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks. I have the opportunity to mock the selection in Silver and Black Pride's staff mock draft. I am acting under the assumption that CB Aaron Colvin and RB Storm Johnson are already gone. So with the 247th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select:
Round 7 (pick 247): Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU
6'4", 223 lbs
40-yard Dash: 4.65
2013: 5 TD, 894 YDS, 57 REC, 15.7 AVG
2012: 11 TD, 1,248 YDS, 100 REC, 12.5 AVG
2011: 10 TD, 943 YDS, 61 REC, 15.5 AVG
2010: 7 TD, 527 YDS, 42 REC, 12.5 AVG
2013: FBS All-Independent Team Honorable Mention, Phil Steele All-Independent First Team
2012: All-America honorable mention, Phil Steele All-Independent First Team, FBS All-Independent Team
2011: Phil Steele All-Independent First Team, FBS All-Independent Team
The one thing that cannot be taught is size. Cody Hoffman has an outstanding frame with long arms. He has the physical mold to be a dominant receiver in the NFL. Hoffman is very effective in the red zone where he uses his large body to boxout opponents. He has a very high ceiling because of his size. He is tough blocker that shows fantastic effort, even when he is not getting the ball. Has experience returning kickoffs and punts. Very tough and durable as he played through a shoulder injury in 2011 and 2012. He has consistent hands and uses his large winspan to pluck balls out of the air. Hoffman finished his career at BYU with 260 receptions for 3,612 yards and 33 touchdowns.
But Hoffman also has his negatives.
He does not have breakway speed (4.62 40-Yd Dash) and lacks the acceleration necessary to create seperation. Hoffman is not very elusive and does not obtain many yards after the catch. Most of his receptions are contested. He needs to improve route running. Has limited explosion and only average leaping ability (27.5 inch vertical jump).
Why this pick makes sense:
Throughout this mock draft, many needs have been addressed including quarterback, defensive tackle, offensive guard and defensive end. Wide receiver is a big need that has not been improved throughout the draft, until now. Hoffman will be a project because he needs to improve his acceleration and route running. But he has rare physical skills and excellent hand-eye coordination. Adding him to a receiving corps consisting of James Jones, Rod Streater, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes would increase depth.
While most seventh round picks do not even make the team, Cody Hoffman has the potential to become a starter within three years. Watch his games against Washington, Tulsa and New Mexico State where he shows the talent of a third round pick. Suddenly, Mr. Irrelevant just became much more important.
For more game film on Cody Hoffman, visit his player profile on draftbreakdown.com