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NFL Draft Profile: Jalin Hyatt

School: Tennessee

Position: WR

Year: Junior

The Good: Hyatt is FAST fast. He’ll likely clock a 40 in the low 4.3 range, and that speed translates well to the field. Hyatt flies off the line and only accelerates from there, so he’ll keep safeties honest on every snap. Hyatt has good length for a burner and is nimble too, so he’s not exactly a one-trick pony who’ll run go routes on every play. I like his competitive fire too. Still, it all comes back to his killer vertical ability. In a league where Marquez Valdes-Scantling got a 3yr/$30mil contract to run fast in a straight line, Hyatt will be a commodity.

The Bad: Hyatt does profile similarly to recent first round flameouts at the WR position in that he’s tall and fast…and it might stop there. The tops of his routes are unrefined at this stage, and it honestly looks like he’s experimenting with stuff on the fly in his releases and routes. Tennessee’s offense is simplified to a strength, but at times when they’d mix in timing-based pass concepts Hyatt didn’t look as natural. He’s long-limbed, which is good for his catch radius but bad for his ability to stay upright with the ball in his hands.

The Bottom Line: Hyatt is funny because he won the Biletnikoff Award as the best wide receiver in college football, yet he’s also one of the more incomplete evaluations in this whole process. He’s a total one-year wonder; he was a non-starter with 500 combined yards across his freshman and sophomore seasons. Tennessee’s offensive scheme also generates friendly looks and busted coverages for its receivers on the regular. Like, I watched that Alabama game where Hyatt scored 5 TDs and I didn’t choose one of them for his ‘Plays That Matter’ thread (linked below). There is too much unknown for me to endorse Hyatt as a first rounder, but his vertical ability is nearly a lock to convert at the NFL level and I believe he can do just enough else to justify himself as a good player in the league.

Grade: Second Round

Pro Comp: Kenny Stills

Games Watched:

  • Alabama 2022
  • UT Martin 2022
  • Kentucky 2022
  • Georgia 2022
  • Missouri 2022

Plays That Matter [LINK]


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