J. Hockenson: 'We all look up to the Patriots'

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No school has ever had two tight ends picked in the same round of the NFL Draft - but the Hawkeyes suspect that will change this year.

Many project Haweyes junior T.J. Hockenson as the top tight end, maybe a guy who could go as high as in the top half of the first round. Officially, Fant's time was actually 4.50, while Hockenson's was 4.70.

Still, it's startling to see a tight end his size run so fast in a straight line.

Fant is easily the fastest tight end in the class. Hockenson has closely studied Gronkowski, but he's drawn comparisons to the Kansas City Chiefs star, as well.

"Rob's a great player". "He's beyond. He's been in the league for so long and he can do it so well". In a deep class of players at the position, there were many teams looking down from the stands and press boxes in hopes of finding one they can snag, whether that be in the first round or with a Day 3 steal. The way that he finishes the catch (and) he uses his body to get in position is really special, and that's something that I try to emulate in my game.

The duo's Iowa pedigree also increases the likelihood of one of them landing in New England. Both are very close with Belichick, including Brian spending four years with New England, including the final year as the tight ends coach.

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James Ferentz, the son of Kirk and brother of Brian, has been an offensive lineman with the Patriots the last two seasons.

"We all look up to the Patriots", Hockenson said. "Obviously, they are at the highest level, and they are doing what they are doing at the highest level".

Hockenson and Fant both had meetings with the Patriots during combine week. He said at the Combine Wednesday he hasn't ruled out the potential of that being with the No. 8 pick.

"I feel like I'm a little better at running routes right now", said Irv Smith, Jr., former tight end from Alabama.

Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine kicked off with tight ends.

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