Today we move from one position that needs immediate help to another. Instead of defensive ends we move to a tight end that can hopefully be an answer in 2016.
Brycen Hopkins - Fr. (RS)
Nashville, TN (Ensworth HS)
6'5", 251 pounds
2016 Prediction: Contributor at TE
Hopkins certainly has the pedigree to be an excellent tight end at Purdue. He is the son of former NFL left tackle Brad Hopkins, who played at Illinois and was a first round pick of the Houston Oilers 1993. He ended up in Tennessee when the franchise moved to Nashville and was a left tackle with the franchise for 13 years and 188 starts. He even started at left tackle in Super Bowl XXXIV. The next year he played in the Pro Bowl.
Hopkins could primarily play blocking tight end, but he has the size to be a dangerous receiver rumbling over the middle. In his final season of high school he had 11 receptions for 247 yards and three touchdowns as his team went 10-2 and was state runner up. Coming out of his redshirt year he stands a very good chance of playing, especially with the departure of Jordan Jurasevich.