The Washington Redskins made a ton of moves this offseason to load up on receiver talent by signing former Philadelphia Eagle DeSean Jackson and former Arizona Cardinal Andre Roberts. Washington also will be receiving a boost from the return of Leonard Hankerson, who can be a solid player for the team if he can keep himself healthy enough to play.
But Washington did not stop there; they also added two other receivers through the draft, most notably BYU‘s Cody Hoffman.
Hoffman, a 6-foot-4, 223-pound physical specimen, does not look the part of a 223-pound receiver as his frame is quite long and lean. But he has the Brandon Marshall type look to him, who ironically is about the same size. Hoffman is a high upside player who dropped a bit in the draft due to inconsistent play at BYU and his limited athleticism for a player of his size.
Hoffman’s size is most intriguing and must have Washington fans quite excited to finally see their team grab a red zone style receiver. Due to his size and length, Hoffman has a large catch radius and has outstanding ability to leap for the ball and locate it at its highest point. Hoffman is tough, he’s quite durable and he’s quite experienced as well after starting for four straight seasons at BYU.
Due to his size, however, Hoffman has limited athletic upside as he is slow off the line at the snap and is not as polished as other receivers in route running. Hoffman is quite soft and does not play with power or strength. He must get stronger and add some more aggressiveness to his game as a receiver and as a blocker.
Hoffman will be battling for the No. 5 receiver job this offseason and will be looking up at players such as fellow rookie Ryan Grant, Aldrick Robinson, Nick Williams, Santana Moss, Hankerson, Roberts, Jackson and the team’s No. 1 receiver, Pierre Garcon.
Hoffman does have some upside to him, but expect the team to stash him away on the practice squad while he develops his game a bit more. He could be an interesting name to watch for heading into 2015 and beyond.