Cole Hikutini Tight End from Louisville
6′ 4″ 247 lbs.
40 yard dash: 4.74
Draft projection: 4th to 6th round
College career totals; Based on 2 seasons
69 receptions, 1016 yds. and 11 TD’s (8 his final season)
- Quality run blocker while in motion, from traditional 3 point stance and read action.
- Reliable in pass protection
- Lines up as TE, H-back and Slot
- Precise route runner
- Finds open areas underneath secondary
Cons: It would help if he could bulk up without losing speed. Needs to improve foot work for blocking. He tends to set feet too early and whiffs at defenders downfield. Needs to avoid holding issues, bit grabby when not in proper position. Strong after the catch but needs to protect football, had a couple of fumbles.
This is an exceptional Tight end class with elite speedster like Evan Engram who ran a 4.4. Even at his height and weight he falls down the ranks to monsters like OJ Howard 6’5″, David Njoku 6’6″and Bucky Hodges 6’7. All of them ran a 4.5-4.6 forty time as well.
Cole is a coaches dream, do it all kind of player. He blocks, sets the edge and plays hard nose football. He has deceptive speed and can be a vertical threat as well. Shows the ability to make plays over the middle, in the flat and underneath as a check down. Any other draft situation he would be considered a top 10 prospect for the tight end group. He just happens to be in one of the best TE classes in many years. He ranked 19th in the combine and will find himself being drafted on day 3. Considered to be a late sleeper many scouts project him around 4th to 6th round.
NFL Comparison: Mychal Rivera