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Detroit Lions Draft Iowa Tight End T.J. Hockenson 8th Overall

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

The Detroit Lions made an incredible pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night when they selected Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson.

As I sat in my living room last night, I just prayed like hell my Lions wouldn’t blow this pick. I’m not exactly full of confidence after the disaster that was the 2018 season. (RELATED: Arizona Cardinals Select Kyler Murray First Overall In The NFL Draft)

Any doubts I had were dashed the moment my squad drafted Hockenson out of Iowa eighth overall.

 

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This is the exact kind of man I want on my team. He’s a cornfed Iowa guy, he’s got a great work ethic and he can provide some major help in the passing game for Matthew Stafford.

The Detroit Lions hit a home run with this pick and that’s putting it lightly. This dude is a freak of nature for the tight end position.

For as much heartbreak as the Lions have given me over my life (it’s too much to calculate), I can’t get enough of this pick.

Inject it right into my veins. Get this guy on a field with Stafford and the rest of the offense as quickly as possible. I want him running routes as early as this morning. That’s how juiced I am right now.

Let’s go!

 

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Watching Stafford sling the rock to this dude for the next several years is going to be beautiful. Sometimes you just know when a day is going to be a great one, and that’s exactly what has happened with this pick.

Go, Detroit, go!