Mel Kiper provides update on Hendon Hooker’s NFL draft placement

Hendon Hooker’s play was strong enough to potentially push him into the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper said Thursday on “Get Up.”

Hooker was one of college football’s greatest stories this season as he led the Tennessee Volunteers to an 8-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in college football playoffs for the first time in college history. program.

Kiper gushed about what he saw from the Volunteers’ QB.

“Hooker moved on, I think, at the end of the first round discussion, at worst a second round,” Kiper said.

He also praised Hooker for not returning the ball. Sometimes a small number of turnovers can mean a QB is playing it safe and not trying to do too much. Kiper says that hasn’t been the case with Hooker at all.

“He’s incredibly accurate. He doesn’t make mistakes, he doesn’t throw interceptions. Game manager? More than that. This guy is a great decision maker,” he said.

His stock should rise further if Tennessee continues its remarkable run. The only reason he’s not higher on the drawing boards is his age. By the time of the 2023 NFL Draft, Hooker will be 25 and already older than several NFL quarterbacks. With younger talent such as CJ Stroud and Bryce Young likely available, there’s only so far Hooker can climb.

There are several NFL franchises that will be in the market for a quarterback in 2023. The Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Washington Commanders, and NFC South all need a franchise quarterback. Only two teams will get the two biggest fish, but as Hooker has demonstrated, he has the tools to be a starter in the NFL.

Whoever lands Hooker just might get the draft flight.

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