The tight end position has an important role in Atlanta offense; about as much as any other position. Injuries have weighed negatively on the Falcons’ tight ends this season, with veteran starter Jacob Tamme hitting the IR with a shoulder injury back in Week 8. Tamme was productive but rumors are he’s considering retirement at season’s end.
The Falcons’ offense incorporates a ton of two tight end sets. Rookie Austin Hooper has been a nice spark but reserve tight end Levine Toilolo has been average-at-best in his 4 seasons with Atlanta.
Picking up Hikutini in the NFL Draft will add to a tight end stable that has a lot of potential. The best-case scenario is Hikutini learning behind Hooper and a healthy Tamme in 2017.