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Isaiah Hodgins declares for NFL Draft

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The star receiver forgoes his senior season

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

In a move many Beaver fans anticipated star receiver Isaiah Hodgins has declared for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Hodgins announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday evening.

Isaiah Hodgins was the top receiving threat this season recording 86 receptions, 1171 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was the first Oregon State player to have over 1000 yards since Brandon Cooks.

Hodgins was a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school and surprised many with his decision to attend Oregon State. His three-year collegiate career exceeded most pundits expectations and despite not having blazing speed he perfected his routes and fought for jump balls utilizing his 6-foot-4 frame. Our friends at CougCenter did a deep-dive into his now patented double-move; which is definitely worth a read (spoiler Hodgins is amazing at it).

It’ll be interesting to see where Isaiah Hodgins lands in the draft. It was a disappointment that he wasn’t a finalist for the Biletnikoff award (nations top WR) and while his stats are unreal; it’s unlikely he receives a first-round grade after the combine. If I had to take a way-too-early prediction I’d say he ends up going in the 4th-round.

Isaiah Hodgins strengths are obvious: big-frame, amazing hands, exception route-runner. But I’m afraid his agility and speed could hold him back. Either way I think Keenan Allen is an obvious comparison and I expect big things from Isaiah Hodgins at the next level.