3. Brycen Hopkins, Tight End
Hopkins also comes from football blood. His father, Brad Hopkins, played for the Houston Oilers, turned Tennessee Titans. Brycen Hopkins was named to First-Team All-Big Ten in 2019. He also earned the Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year award as well.
He is listed at six-foot-five, 245 pounds. Hopkins turns 23 on March 27. He spent four seasons with the Purdue Boilermakers.
Last season, he recorded 61 catches, 830 yards, averaged 13.6 yards a catch, and caught seven touchdowns. Overall, he caught 130 balls, 16 touchdowns and accumulated nearly 2,000 receiving yards for his college career. He posted a long of 72 yards in 2019 and 74 yards in 2018.
Hopkins reminds me a lot of another Cowboys’ second-round pick: Martellus Bennett. Both players are tall and have nice hands to receive the football. The problem here is the blocking assignments, which is something Witten has excelled over.
Hopkins could turn out to be a nice weapon in the overall Dallas weaponry. He’ll need time to adapt, especially to lift his blocking techniques.
His presence in the tight ends room would add depth and diversify the air attack, but right now, the Cowboys are better spending the second-round pick on other needs in the defense department.