Bruce Hocker Scouting Report

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Bruce Hocker Scouting Report

Position: WR
Conference: Div I-AA
School: Duquesne Dukes
Year/Status: Declared
Jersey Number: #40
Height & Weight: 6'4 - 205 lbs.

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Bruce Hocker, WR, Duquesne

Hocker played in ten games (starting six) in his freshman season at Duquesne. He caught 35 balls for 577 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He stated the first two games during the 2005 season before he broke his collarbone, but making it back to play in the school's last game. Overall, he accounted for 12 receptions for 280 yards and one TD. In 2006, Hocker (fully recover) made the leap from regular wide receiver to an all star. He recorded 61 receptions for 1,070 yards and 16 TDs. He was selected All-MAAC First Team and made the A.P. Third Team I-AA All-American squad. He followed with a productive senior season, making 54 catches for 668 yards and nine TDs. After the season, he became the school's first player to be invited to an all-star classic (he accepted an invitation to play in the Hula Bowl Classic). He is a smooth athlete with better than clocked (4.5-4.40) speed, who gets separation quickly. He has a good size and he has long arms that can be extended to catch balls thrown away from him. Also, he has a quick release from the line and uses his body well to shield defenders off. Hocker has good hands and is not afraid to go across the middle, but will come back to the quarterback when the plays brake. With good concentration, he is a willing downfield blocker. He was the best wide receiver at his level, but competition level is a concern. He is a long strider who sometimes tended to lose focus and will drop passes as a result. Also, his route running needs a lot of work; He is not a polish product and needs work on receiving mechanics. Hocker is a big and powerful receiver. He is faster than his clocked time and should be a good red zone player. But, he is unpolished and needs a lot of mechanical corrections. The level of competition is a major question mark with him. Can he play the way he did in college at the next level? Hocker clearly posses the attributes to make an NFL roster and a team will probably take a chance on him late in the draft. He could also go un-drafted. The Hula Bowl will make or break his draft status.

Last Updated Jan-08-2008 by Raul Colon

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