T.J. Hockenson finished as one of the sneakiest top-six tight ends in Fantasy last season and he did it on the back of a whole lot of volume -- over 100 targets. Volume is the name of the game and bullish Fantasy managers believe he could be in line for even more targets in 2021 given the lack of talent on the Lions' depth chart a wide receiver. I remain skeptical for a slew of reasons that include the downgrade from Matt Stafford to Jared Goff, the lack of rapport he has with his new QB, a new offensive system that should stymie the offense at first and Hockenson's overall athletic profile. My colleagues, including Heath Cummings (as you'll see below), are more bullish on Hockenson heading into 2021 with Detroit.

It's easy to get excited about Hockenson, but more importantly than that, we want to keep you up to date with everything surrounding his 2021 profile. Below, we'll break down Hockenson's outlook, changes in his ADP, where he's going in mock drafts, training camp/preseason updates and more.

2021 Outlook

After his breakout 2020, T.J. Hockenson should be drafted as a top-five tight end as early as Round 7. The truth is, we're hopeful 2020 was just the beginning of the breakout, as Hockenson has a huge target opportunity with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola all gone. 

Still, Hockenson hasn't been particularly efficient in his young career and he's facing a downgrade at quarterback, so it's best not to reach too high on the potential future star. Hockenson is closer in redraft value to the likes of Noah Fant and Logan Thomas than he is to Darren Waller and George Kittle. (Heath Cummings)

Changes in ADP

*All ADP data is courtesy of and for half-point PPR scoring.

As you can see above, Hockenson's ADP has been a bit of a roller coaster -- to an extent of course -- as he still lands in fifth-round range of most mocks on average.

CBS Mock Draft position

8/18 half-PPR 12-team: Round 5, No. 49 overall
8/12 half-PPR 10-team: Round 6, No. 51 overall
8/6 PPR Superflex mock: Round 6, No. 68 overall
8/3 non-PPR mock: Round 5, No. 59 overall
7/28 full-point PPR mock: Round 5, No. 58 overall
7/20 half-PPR mock: Round 6, No. 61 overall
7/7 Superflex mock: Round 6, No. 71 overall
6/16 full-PPR mock: Round 5, No. 49 overall
6/9 Superflex mock: Round 7, No. 77 overall

Training camp/Preseason updates

8/23: Hockenson returned to Lions practice after missing several days. He was in a red non contact jersey and may not play this preseason at all, but he told reporters he expects to be ready for Week 1.