Isaiah Hodgins

Buffalo Bills select Isaiah Hodgins No. 207 in 2020 NFL Draft

Buffalo Bills select Isaiah Hodgins No. 207 in 2020 NFL Draft

The Biltkinoff Award semifinalist has found a new home.

After inexplicably falling, the Buffalo Bills selected Oregon State wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins with the 207th pick of 2020 NFL Draft.

Isaiah Hodgins

Position: Wide receiver
Year: Junior
Hometown: Oakley, California

Measurables: 

Height: 6’3 5/8" 

Weight: 210 pounds

Hand: 9 7/8"

Arm: 33 1/8

Wingspan: 80 4/8

40-yard dash: 4/61

Vertical jump: 36.5

Broad jump: 124.0

Bench press: 9 reps

His resume

The junior finished with 86 receptions for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns, those single-season numbers rank 5th, 9th, and 2nd in school history, respectively. He ultimately finished as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award which recognized him as one of the nation's elite receivers. 

He was named First-Team All-Pac-12 from Associated Press and Phil Steele’s FCS Postseason teams and second-team by Pac-12 Coaches.

What Buffalo is getting in Hodgins

Hodgins uses his nearly 6'4" frame to create an insane catch radius which makes him an elite redzone threat. As a junior, he caught all 12 redzone targets turning into nine Oregon State touchdowns.

Throughout his career, he received 156 targets with only three drops. The Bills are getting a playmaker that can make big plays downfield and move the sticks as a possession receiver. And he'll get to learn from Stefon Diggs how to get it done at the next level.

2020 NFL Draft: Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins

2020 NFL Draft: Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins

Isaiah Hodgins

Position: Wide receiver
Year: Junior
Hometown: Oakley, California

Measurables: 

Height: 6’3 5/8" 

Weight: 210 pounds

Hands: 9 7/8"

Arms: 33 1/8

Wingspan: 80 4/8

NFL Combine results:

40-yard dash: 4.61 seconds

Vertical jump: 36.5 inches

Broad jump: 124.0 inches

Bench press: 9 reps

3 Cone Drill: 7.01 seconds 

20 Yd Shuttle: 4.12 seconds

Overview

Isaiah Hodgins was named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2019 and for good reason.

Hodgins was one of the elite receivers in the country, finishing his junior campaign with 20 touchdowns, second all-time, with 2,322 receiving yards. In 34 games at Oregon State, Hodgins made 27 starts and finished his career with 176 receptions, sixth in school history.

He was named First-Team All-Pac-12 from Associated Press and Phil Steele’s FCS Postseason teams and second team by Pac-12 Coaches.

Hodgins brings several qualities that make him a solid developmental receiver for most NFL teams. We’ll talk about what he can improve upon in the next several months.

Draft projections

Hodgins is projected as a Day 3 selection. 

NFL comparison:

Kenny Golladay

Strengths

- Sneaky fast
- Elite concentration
- Big frame
- Catch radius

Weaknesses

- Route building
- Explosiveness
- Needs to maximize physical tools

Social media workouts

Hodgins shared this video recently as he prepares for draft day. He's been working out at Xclusive Speed Sports Performance. 

NFL Combine profile: Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins

NFL Combine profile: Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins

Isaiah Hodgins

Position: Wide receiver
Year: Junior
Hometown: Oakley, California

Measurables: 

Height: 6’3 5/8" 

Weight: 210 pounds

Hand: 9 7/8"

Arm: 33 1/8

Wingspan: 80 4/8

40-yard dash: 4/61

Vertical jump: 36.5

Broad jump: 124.0

Bench press: 9 reps

Overview

Isaiah Hodgins was named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2019 and for good reason.

Hodgins was one of the elite receivers in the country, finishing his college career with 20 touchdowns, second all-time in school history, with 2,322 receiving yards. In 34 games at Oregon State, Hodgins made 27 starts and finished his career with 176 receptions, sixth in school history.

He was named First-Team All-Pac-12 from Associated Press and Phil Steele’s FCS Postseason teams and second-team by Pac-12 Coaches.

Hodgins brings several qualities that make him a solid developmental receiver for most NFL teams. We’ll talk about what he can improve upon in the next several months.

Draft projections

Hodgins is projected as a potential third-to-fourth round selection.

NFL comparison:

Kenny Golladay

Strengths

- Sneaky fast
- Elite concentration
- Big frame
- Catch radius

Weaknesses

- Route building
- Explosiveness
- Needs to maximize physical tools

Social media workouts

Hodgins shared this photo on his Instagram. He's been working out at EXOS in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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Isaiah Hodgins receives invite to 2020 NFL Scouting Combine

Isaiah Hodgins receives invite to 2020 NFL Scouting Combine

Isaiah Hodgins is taking his talents to Indianapolis.

The Oregon State Beavers wide receiver announced Saturday that he had received an invitation to the NFL’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which will take place late February.

“Next stop Indy. Thank you God. Let's work,” Hodgins said in a post on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/IsaiahHodgins/status/1223742407092473856?s=20

The junior wideout, who finished in the top 3 in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, announced he would forgo his senior year in Corvallis and declare for the NFL Draft in December.

Hodgins caught 86 passes for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2019 and was one of the best receivers in the Pac-12 last season. He finished his career at Oregon State second in touchdowns (29), sixth in 100-yard receiving games with 8 and seventh in receiving yards with 2,322 yards.

The wide receiver room will have to step up with Hodgins gone. Veteran Trevon Bradford will be back from injury, while Kolby Taylor, Champ Flemings, Tyjon Lindsey and Josiah Irish bring speed and experience to the Oregon State offense. The Beavers also picked up four-star prospect Tre’Shaun Harrison, a transfer out of Florida State, could help fill the shoes vacated by Hodgins.

7 players named to All Pac-12 teams, Hodgins and Rashed Jr. snubbed of first team selections

7 players named to All Pac-12 teams, Hodgins and Rashed Jr. snubbed of first team selections

Following their best season since 2013, the Oregon State Beavers (finished 5-7, 4-5 Pac-12) also have their most representation on the All Conference teams in the Pac-12 since that season.

Let’s break it down. 

SECOND TEAM:

WR Isaiah Hodgins

The Biletnikoff Award semifinalist finds himself on the second team in the conference despite being named a top 10 receiver in the country. Hodgins dominated as the Beavers’ primary offensive option this season with majority of his catches moving the chains for the offense. He finished the season with 1,171 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. 

Following his snub for first team, Hodgins took to twitter to claim it was all “politics”.

https://twitter.com/IsaiahHodgins/status/1204509249952370688

OLB Hamilcar Rashed Jr.

Another Beaver snubbed of recognition on the first team was the conference leader in sacks (14) and the national leader in tackles-for-loss (22.5). His breakout season was a significant reason for the improvement of the Beavers’ defense and directly resulted in wins. Rashed Jr. is currently testing the waters on if he’ll enter the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. 

OL Blake Brandel

The former Central Catholic Ram finished out his career at Oregon State as an all conference second team offensive lineman. Brandel started each game the Beavers have played over the previous four seasons. The left tackle protected Luton’s blindside and opened up running lanes for Jermar Jefferson and Artavis Pierce.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

QB Jake Luton

The sixth-year senior signal caller had his best season yet throwing for 2,714 yards with 28 touchdowns and only three interceptions. The two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week served his final season as a co-captain and will play in the Collegiate Bowl ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft process.

TE Noah Togiai

The senior tight end put together another career season where he finished with 44 receptions for 303 yards and three touchdowns. His highlight of the season came against Arizona State when he hurdled a defender into the endzone.

OL Brandon Kipper

The transfer from the Hawai’i Warriors started all 12 games for the Oregon State Beavers this past season. He allowed just one quarterback sack all season.

LB Omar Speights 

Speights was named a Pac-12 defensive honorable mention after finishing second on the team with 73 tackles. 63 of those tackles came in the final seven games of the season when his role was expanded. He earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for his 18 tackle performance against the Washington Huskies.

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal’s ear catching comments about OSU WR Isaiah Hodgins

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal’s ear catching comments about OSU WR Isaiah Hodgins

This season’s Civil War is “everything you could want in a college football game,” according to Oregon Coach Mario Cristobal.

Oregon (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12) is doing its best to avoid lingering effects from its devastating first conference loss to Arizona State. The Ducks have five days left to refocus and retool their goals after the trip back from Tempe, which coach Cristobal described as the quietest plane ride he’s ever been on.

The Pac-12 North Division champion Ducks still have a chance at playing in the Rose Bowl by winning the Pac-12 Title game on December 6th in Santa Clara. But first, a compelling matchup vs. Oregon State on senior day in Eugene.

The Duck defense, which was embarrassed by giving up 408 yards passing yards to ASU, will face a Beavers team riddled with offensive weapons, only one win away from bowl eligibility. OSU (5-6, 4-4) hasn’t played in a bowl game since 2013 and was seconds away at Washington State from getting their sixth win, to become eligible.

Cristobal spoke particularly high about junior wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins, who just moved into seventh place at OSU for overall career receptions with 168.

“He’s one of the best in the country, hands down,” Cristobal said. “He is a complete wide receiver, very polished. By that I mean he can take you down the field and go deep. He could run his double-move stuff as good as anybody out there, his stutters, great intermediate route runner, great in the quick game.”

As OSU quarterback Jake Luton’s go-to target, Hodgins has totaled 1,086 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Cristobal continued that "there’s nothing he can’t do” and one of the biggest things Oregon will have to defend is Hodgins ability to make players miss and take it to the house. This is concerning for an Oregon defense that is coming off an uncharacteristic bad tackling night.

It’s crucial that the Ducks secondary avoids getting burned again while the front generates pressure and an effective pass rush to keep the Beavers in check.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State offense sputters, Beavs lose to UW

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Instant Analysis: Oregon State offense sputters, Beavs lose to UW

It was a rough night in Corvallis as the Beavers had an opportunity to put a little pressure on the north division leading Ducks with a win over Washington. 

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. The secondary has improved

The Beaver defense played well tonight. Specifically, Oregon State had solid coverage downfield in the secondary and protected well against the deep ball. Looking back at previous games, you couldn't say this was the case. Jaydon Grant had a pick six in the third quarter to make it 13-7 which gave the Beavs some hope in the second half. 

2. What happened to the offense?

While the defense was the bright spot, the offense was a big problem tonight. This is seemingly the exact opposite problem the Beavs had in the first part of the season. Luton was constantly pressured all night long as the offensive line was unable to protect him. Luton also made several bad throws including an interception. The Beavers starting offense was shut out at home for the second time this season (first was against Utah). 

3. Beavs need Hodgins to be more involved

Hodgins finished with just 4 catches for 33 yards and that is simply not good enough. He needs more targets and the OSU offense is going to have to find creative ways to get him the ball downfield. There were far too many short passes that resulted in little or no gain. Hodgins is the Beavers big-play WR and he needs to be utilized as such. 

Up Next: The Beavers will travel to Arizona State next Saturday. 

Oregon State's Isaiah Hodgins 'ready to go bowling' following win over Arizona

Oregon State's Isaiah Hodgins 'ready to go bowling' following win over Arizona

There was much to celebrate during Oregon State’s (4-4, 3-2 Pac-12) 56-38 victory over Arizona (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12). But, one moment in particular, stressed out everyone watching.

All of Beaver nation was concerned Isaiah Hodgins went down with a right knee injury in the second quarter. The junior wide receiver would head to the tent and locker room before returning to the game. He ended the game with seven receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns. 

Hodgins spoke about what happened with his knee following the win:

Just some bone bruise or something with my knee.

After the final whistle blew, he credited experience gained from finishing games at UCLA and Cal.

We know how to win games in the late quarters now and we finished and I’m proud of the team for that.

The goal for the rest of the season is clear. 

We ready to go bowling man.

You can watch his full answer in the video above.

Oregon State hosts the Washington Huskies on Friday night in Reser Stadium.

Isaiah Hodgins tweaks knee against Arizona, re-enters game

Isaiah Hodgins tweaks knee against Arizona, re-enters game

UPDATE: Isaiah Hodgins returned for the Beavers' final drive of the half. 

Not a sight any Oregon State fan wants to see.

Junior wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins came up with a 39-yard gain midway through the second quarter against Arizona, but needed medical attention afterwards. 

The broadcast mentioned it was a right knee injury and he sat out the remainder of the drive. 

Hodgins would return the next drive for a few plays before heading back to the sideline after running a crossing route. Hodgins later left for the locker room with two minutes remaining in the half but walked under his own power. He appeared to have a knee brace on his knee following the injury.  

He did return to the offense for their final plays of the half.

Check back for any further updates on his injury situation.

Beavers' bye should pay off

Beavers' bye should pay off

Oregon State (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) should be refreshed ahead of their game against the Arizona Wildcats (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12). 

Coming off a bye, the Beavers are focused on getting to 0.500 for the first time since 2014, this late into the season. But at post-practice interviews, some of the players took a moment to reflect on the bye.

Here’s what wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins had to say.

“I really just tried to recover and focus on myself. Take a little of a breather from football but I still got in some work.”

You can hear the players’ full answers in the embedded video above.  

Oregon State’s contest against Arizona kicks off at 1:30 p.m. (PT) on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona.

Also, be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast where host Nigel Burton breaks down Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate:

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