The Eagles love size (in case you haven't heard). Chip Kelly believes that winning the size battle creates serious mismatches on both sides of the ball and has shown a desire to add bigger bodies to the Eagles roster. At wide receiver, Riley Cooper is the lone "size guy" and he is set to be a free agent, with plenty uncertainty surrounding his return. The Eagles will likely look to add another large receiver, whether they re-sign Cooper or let him walk.
BYU's Cody Hoffman could be a nice early Day 3 pick for the Eagles to added to Cooper's redzone prowess or replace it.
Hoffman committed to BYU out of Del Norte High School. He redshirted his first season at BYU and participated as a member of the scout team. In his year of play, Hoffman appeared in 13 games (starting 10) and led the team with 527 receiving yards and seven touchdowns off of 42 catches. He also averaged 27.1 yards on 14 kickoff returns.
As a redshirt sophomore, Coffman started all 13 games at receiver and collected 61 catches for 943 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He also averaged 24.4 yards and a touchdown on 36 kickoff returns. In his third year, Hoffman continued to improve with 100 catches for 1,248 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He was limited to just three kickoff returns as he focused on wide receiver, but average 24 yards on those attempts. He posted eight 100-yard receiving games and was named to All-American honorable mention by SI.com.
In his final season with the Cougars, Hoffman saw a bit of a decline in production. He also dealt with a hamstring injury and off-the-field issues, which caused him to missed two games in his senior season. In 11 games, Hoffman collected 57 receptions for 894 yards and five touchdowns. He also had eight punt returns for 69 yards.
Despite the dip in production, Hoffman was invited to the Senior Bowl. He measured in at 6-foot-3 7/8 and 218 pound with 33-inch arms.
Hoffman is obviously a tall guy, who can serve as a good redzone target. He has decent-sized hands and make contested catches. He has long arms and is aggressive going up for and after the catch. Hoffman is a willing blocker and is serviceable at it. He is also not an easy tackle and displays good balance for his size.
While Hoffman is large, he is also pretty slender. He may have a tough time getting the best of cornerbacks in run blocking and against press coverage in the NFL. He is not much of a route runner and relies heavily on his size. The off-the-field incident from his senior year was a school issue that could cause concerns for teams looking for absolute character guys, but then again, it is BYU. He also looks a bit confused at times on the field and is not very polished for a player with four years worth of experience and plenty of starts under his belt.
Hoffman fits the size bill for Kelly and could be worth a late-round flier. He is big and could add to his frame with ease, as well as develop as a player behind veterans and/or more talented rookies on the roster. In the fifth or sixth round, if the Eagles have not added a receiver to the mix, Hoffman could be the best guy on the board. He will likely be the victim of a very deep and talented class.