BIO: Four-year starter previously awarded All-Conference honors. Started eight games as a senior, missing time with a wrist injury. Senior numbers included 40/518/7 after career-best receiving totals as a junior of 63/744/7. Productive return specialist.
POSITIVES: Reliable pass-catcher who sacrifices his body to make the reception. Solid route runner who gets separation from opponents, shields away defenders and adjusts to the errant throw. Reads the defense and finds the open spot on the field. Hand catcher who makes the reception in stride or lays out for the difficult grab. Displays both focus and concentration in all aspects of his game.
NEGATIVES: Not a heavy-duty receiver. Lacks a quick release off the line and top-end speed.
ANALYSIS: Reliable in every facet of his game, Hinkel has an opportunity to make an NFL roster as a fourth wideout. Return abilities are added value.