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MrKumbi's Late Round Gems: Marshall FB/TE Gator Hoskins

Today's late round gem is Marshall tight end Gator Hoskins.

Like most late round gems he was not invited to participate in the NFL Combine but here are his pro day workout numbers as reported by CBS Sports.

Gator Hoskins

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 253lbs

40-yard dash: 4.73s
Short shuttle: 4.53s
3-cone drill: 7.22s
Bench: 22 reps
Vertical: n/a
Broad jump: 9'8"

Strengths: Hoskins was incredibly productive for Marshall hauling in 10 touchdowns as a junior and 15 touchdowns in his senior campaign. He uses his hands well to gain separation at the line of scrimmage. He is generally sure handed and catches the ball away from his body. He was primarily used in the slot but when he was asked to play in-line or lead block he was competent if unspectacular.

Weaknesses: He lacks the height to play tight end in the NFL and will likely have to move to a H-back/FB role. He is not a polished route runner. Though he logged a few snaps as a lead blocker at Marshall it was not his primary role and he will have to develop that skill set to succeed in the pros He had occasional lapses in concentration that led to uncontested drops.

Falcons Fit: With the retirement of Tony Gonzalez and the release of Brady Ewing the Falcons have an obvious need at both fullback and tight end. Hoskins might not be the clear solution to either but he could be a valuable role player in the Falcons offense. His upside as a receiver is obvious from his production alone. He could find a fair amount of success in the NFL being used as a "move" tight end much like the Patriots used Aaron Hernandez. Most draft projections have him labeled as a seventh round pick.

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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