Where T.J. Hockenson's NFL Draft selection ranks historically among tight ends

Dargan Southard
Hawk Central

After going No. 8 overall to the Detroit Lions in Thursday's NFL draft, T.J. Hockenson ranks among the highest drafted tight ends all-time.

A look at some milestones he reached:

  • Hockenson is the highest drafted tight end since Vernon Davis went No. 6 overall in 2006.
  • Hockenson is just the second tight end picked top 10 in the previous 12 drafts.
  • Hockenson is only the fourth tight end taken in the top 10 since 1997.
  • Hockenson is only the 13th tight end to land in the top 10 since the NFL's merger in 1970.

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Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.