2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Tre'Vius Hodges-Tomlinson

January 3, 2022 1:00 PM EST

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School: TCU

Height: 5'9"

Weight: 181

Eligibility: SR

Uniform: #1

Position: CB

Evaluated by: Sam Teets
Twitter: Sam_Teets33
January 3, 2022

Prospect Overview

2019: 12 games
2020: 10 games
2021: 12 games
2022: 15 games

Hodges-Tomlinson was a three-star recruit from Midway High School in Waco, Texas in the class of 2019. He was the No. 1,329 recruit according to 247Sports and No. 1,192 for On3.com. Hodges-Tomlinson was an unranked two-star recruit for Rivals. He was an unranked three-star recruit for ESPN with a 78 grade out of 100.

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Hodges-Tomlinson committed to TCU over offers from Baylor, Kansas State, and Texas State. He tallied 155 tackles, six passes defensed, and five interceptions in high school. MaxPreps also credits the First-Team All-District 12-6A selection with two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal during his senior season.

Hodges-Tomlinson's uncle is Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee LaDainian Tomlinson. The older Tomlinson rushed for 13,684 yards and 145 touchdowns in his 11-year career with the Chargers and Jets. Tomlinson was the fifth overall pick out of TCU in 2001 after he won the Doak Walker Award and finished fourth in the Heisman voting during the 2000 college season.

The senior cornerback is one of the most decorated defensive backs of his era. He's earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors in each of the past three years (2020, 2021, and 2022). The Associated Press selected Hodges-Tomlinson as a Second-Team All-American in 2020 and a First-Team All-American in 2022. He also won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's most outstanding defensive back, in 2022.

The 5'9", 181 lbs. defender only started one game as a freshman before taking over a full-time starting role as a sophomore.

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Hodges-Tomlinson primarily operated as a boundary cornerback with TCU during the 2022 season, but it's unlikely he continues that role in the NFL. He also picked up experience playing as a field corner during his decorated college career.

Hodges-Tomlinson appeared on Bruce Feldman's College Football Freaks List for the 2022 season. According to Feldman, he has a 42-inch vertical and 10'8" broad jump. Channing Tindall and Tariq Woolen led the 2022 NFL Combine with 42-inch vertical jumps. A 10'8" broad jump would've tied for third among cornerbacks and tied for eighteenth overall at last year's combine among more than 200 entries. Hodges-Tomlinson is also credited with a 4.3 40-time and back squatting 605 lbs.

Hodges-Tomlinson is a willing tackler who displays a hot motor. There are plenty of successful one-on-one tackles on his tape. He attacks wide receiver screens and is aggressive challenging blockers. Hodges-Tomlinson has the quickness to duck around blocks and make tackles.

The senior cornerback has the explosive closing burst and speed to break up short passes. Despite his size, Hodges-Tomlinson is physical at the catch point. He uses his impressive vertical leap to compensate for his lack of height. The TCU star makes tremendous plays on the ball when he reads the quarterback's eyes and instinctively jumps and breaks on routes. His high-end ball skills helped him amass nearly 40 total interceptions and passes defensed during his college career.

Hodges-Tomlinson is fast enough to carry receivers vertically and displays recovery speed when initially beaten. He is physical with receivers early in the route and has the athleticism to mirror the receiver's initial release. The Texas native displays a good feel for threats and responsibilities in zone coverage. He compresses outside releases along the sideline and has no issue staying in-phase once he's attached to the receiver.

Large receivers struggle to generate separation against Hodges-Tomlinson and often settle for 50-50 contested catches. The All-Big 12 corner uses a quick and low backpedal. His feet are light and quick, and his hips show limited to no tightness. Hodges-Tomlinson's loose lower half sinks and cuts with ease.

Areas for Improvement

Unfortunately, Hodges-Tomlinson's very small frame and subpar arm length will cause problems for some NFL teams in the evaluation process. His lack of length and stature cause missed tackles and lead to him being driven backward in the run game by physical blockers. These physical limitations also impact Hodges-Tomlinson's effectiveness at the catch point.

He tends to get grabby with taller or faster receivers, leading to flags flying. Hodges-Tomlinson committed ten penalties through TCU's first 13 games in 2022, including three while covering SMU's Rashee Rice. The TCU corner is too grabby and physical at the top of stems, which will draw more penalties in the NFL.

Hodges-Tomlinson sometimes gets turned around by advanced releases, and his footwork occasionally gets too far outside of his frame. He has great ball skills but doesn't always get his head around for the football. The senior gets boxed out at the catch point by smart, big-bodied receivers. He allows separation at the top of some comeback routes and displays some false steps in press coverage.

Hodges-Tomlinson's punches in press need better placement and timing. Although he is very athletic, he falls just short of being truly twitched up.

The senior cornerback makes the most of his physical tools, but he needs to play under control and with more discipline.

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Draft Stock

Hodges-Tomlinson is an undersized cornerback who plays with great instincts, physicality, and athletic ability, but his physical limitations prevent him from projecting as an outside corner at the next level. Hodges-Tomlinson's best fit is as a slot defender in a zone scheme where he can trigger downhill and keep his eyes on the quarterback. He's shown some upside as a physical defender in press coverage but lacks the arm length to play press frequently.

His ceiling is the back end of the third round, likely around pick 95, and his floor is at the end of the fourth round. That's a fairly large range, but it's all I can offer until we have a deeper understanding of how NFL teams evaluate Hodges-Tomlinson's arm length concerns. He's projected to have sub-30-inch arms, far below the league's preferred threshold.

However, two cornerbacks from the 2022 draft class had sub-30-inch arms and still went in the top 35 selections. Trent McDuffie (21st overall) with 29 3/4" arms and Roger McCreary (35th overall) with 28 7/8" are having solid rookie seasons despite their physical limitations. Their success might loosen the league's view on arm length for proven college football stars like Hodges-Tomlinson.

Hodges-Tomlinson isn't in the conversation for a first round pick with this year's six elite cornerback prospects. Instead, he'll battle several intriguing prospects for a spot in the top 100. Expect Hodges-Tomlinson to have his value weighed against fellow projected slot defender Kei'Trel Clark and outside options like Mekhi Garner, Anthony Johnson, Jaylon Jones, Kyu Blu Kelly, Nehemiah Pritchett, and Tyrique Stevenson.

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Player Comparison

Usually, I try to find a comparable prospect from a past draft when generating a player comparison. This time around, I'm going to take a different route and raise the name of an established NFL player as a target for Hodges-Tomlinson to aim for. By the end of his rookie contract, the TCU product could compare favorably to this established, underrated NFL slot corner.

Mike Hilton entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2016. The former three-star recruit spent four years at Ole Miss, amassing 25.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, and 24 passes defensed. He earned Second-Team All-SEC honors alongside Tre'Davious White from the Associated Press and the conference's coaches in 2015.

Unfortunately, the 5'9", 184 lb. cornerback went undrafted and briefly spent stints with the Jaguars and Patriots before finding a home with the Steelers. Hilton developed into one of the league's best slot corners and is now in the second year of a four-year, $24 million contract with the Bengals.

The defining elements of Hilton's game are his physicality and instincts. He consistently generates tackles for loss and forces incompletions at the catch point. Hilton is an effective blitzer who regularly comes downhill to make plays against the run and displays veteran savvy with his timing and vision in zone drops.

Hodges-Tomlinson possesses the same size limitations as Hilton but doesn't shy away from throwing his hat in the ring against outside runs and screens. As one of this draft's most experienced cornerbacks, his approach and feel for the game are more refined than his peers. Hodges-Tomlinson's instincts are also comparable to Hilton's.

Games Evaluated

  • Kansas State (2021)
  • SMU (2022)
  • Oklahoma (2022)
  • Oklahoma State (2022)
  • Kansas State (2022)
  • Texas Tech (2022)
  • Texas (2022)
  • Kansas State (Big 12 Championship, 2022)

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