Biography: Part-time starter the past three seasons awarded All-Conference honors as a junior. Totals last season included 10/114 after career numbers of 25/312/2 as a junior.
Positives: Gifted tight end slowly developing a complete game. Solid pass catcher who effectively finds the open space on the field and uses his frame to shield away opponents and protect the ball. Makes the difficult reception with defenders draped on him. Sells routes and shows above-average quickness into breaks. Nicely adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception in stride. Strong blocker and plays with good leverage, stays square and then easily controls opponents at the point of attack. Works hard until the whistle blows. Displays the ability to slide his feet laterally in pass protection.
Negatives: Unnecessarily lets the ball get inside him at times. Lacks deep speed and not creating mismatches in the secondary.
Analysis: Hoomanawanui has been solid on the college level and is an underrated tight end likely to be downgraded because of poor 40 speed. He has all the skills necessary to be a starter at the next level for an offense that requires the tight end to do as much blocking as pass catching.
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