Packers stealing T.J. Hockenson from the Lions would give Rodgers an elite TE
The Packers have needed a long-term solution at the tight end position for quite some time. Getting T.J. Hockenson away from the Lions would hypothetically solve that issue.
Hockenson was the first of two Iowa Hawkeyes tight ends selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Holding the eighth-overall pick that year, the Lions used the pick on Hockenson, who won numerous tight end-of-the-year awards in 2018 at Iowa.
After a rookie year where he started in 7-of-12 games, Hockenson really showed his potential in the 2020 season. Starting all 16 games, the then-second-year player caught 67-of-101 targets for 723 yards and six touchdowns. He earned his first Pro Bowl nomination as a result.
This past season, Hockenson was limited to 12 games due to a thumb injury. He caught 61-of-84 passes intended for him for 583 yards and four touchdowns.
Hockenson has the skillset to be a top-tier tight end in the league. That would be a great benefit for the Packers.