Cody Hoffman could have come out for this past draft but decided to stay at BYU for his senior season. For all of those people complaining about how the 49ers don't have receivers with size, this is your guy right here. 6'4", around 210 pounds, great hands, very reliable, a dangerous target in the red-zone who uses his size well, is a solid route runner and was ridiculously productive at BYU this past season.
Questions about his speed, ability to separate and level of competition will predictably knock him down the boards somewhat but this is a very stout, very dependable and hard-working receiver that made big plays all year long. The most impressive thing is that he's done as well as he has, with basically garbage play coming from the quarterback position. Riley Nelson was just atrocious at times.....and Hoffman was more or less the only real receiving weapon on that offense, so teams were constantly loading up to shut him down.....and not succeeding very often. The great thing about Hoffman is that he's extremely dangerous making catches in traffic, tremendous focus and concentration, he made big plays with defenders draped all over him, simply doesn't quit, fights and fights when the ball is in the air and more often than not, comes out on the winning side. By the time the 2013 season is over, barring injury, Hoffman will hold every single meaningful receiving record in BYU history.
Similar to Quinton Patton, Hoffman is not a guy who will beat you with his athleticism, but with precision and execution. He's got very good footwork, tremendous balance, maintains focus amidst major physical contact, doesn't get distracted easily, has very reliable hands, sells out to make some huge, ridiculous circus-like catches. That and he's simply someone who comes off like a winner, hard worker, good attitude, no traces of character issues, total team guy all the way.
Depending on how he does this upcoming season as well as during the offseason, I can see Hoffman going anywhere from the late 1st round all the way to the late 3rd round. Intangibles and talent, plus terrific size, making him a very good redzone weapon.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on May 4, 2013 at 1:03 AM ]