Berry likes Lions' Hendon Hooker's dynasty outlook
Matthew Berry, Connor Rogers and Jay Croucher discuss the Detroit Lions' trade up to draft QB Hendon Hooker and debate his immediate outlook, dynasty league appeal and fit in the Lions' offense.
JAY CROUCHER: All right, we thought Hendon Hooker might go in the first round, start of the second. He drops to the third, but he goes 68 to the Detroit Lions, who are having an interesting draft. Connor, what do you think of this fit?
CONNOR ROGERS: Great value and a good fit, right? A place that Hendon Hooker gets to go and sit, and obviously get healthy. That's the most important thing with him coming off the torn ACL, but also learn in this offense under Ben Johnson and behind Jared Goff. And you look at what he was able to do at Tennessee. I mean, on 631 pass attempts over the last two years, only five interceptions, tremendous security of the football. He's somebody that can drive the ball as a pocket passer outside the numbers.
I compared him to Geno Smith. I think he looked so comfortable working off of play action. And an added bonus with Hendon Hooker is his build-up speed. He had 566 rushing yards and five touchdowns this season as well. So, love the fit, love the landing spot, you just got to be a little patient now with Hendon Hooker.
MATTHEW BERRY: And that's the point, right? He's not going to be a player that plays this year in redraft fantasy. I mean, first off, who knows when he's going to be able to play in the league? And he's not getting in there, unless there's an injury to Jared Goff. But dynasty wise, I think this is about as good a landing spot as you could have hoped for Hooker.
You mentioned Ben Johnson and that offense. It's a really good offensive line that he's going to be playing behind whenever he gets a chance. Amon-Ra St. Brown, they just drafted Sam LaPorta. They're going to have Jameson Williams there after six games. There's some nice young players. Don't forget, they drafted Jahmyr Gibbs in the first round. Not to mention, they signed David Montgomery.
There are some legit offensive pieces for this Lions offense. We'll see how long they can keep Ben Johnson as the coordinator. He was a hot head coaching candidate last year. I suspect he will be next year as well. But as landing spots go dynasty wise for Hooker, this is about as good a place as you could have hoped for.