2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jalin Hyatt

  • Jalin Hyatt, 6-0/181

  • Wide Receiver

  • Tennessee

  • Jalin Hyatt Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

  • Fast
  • Deep-threat receiver
  • First-step quickness
  • Explosive
  • Second-gear speed
  • Tracks the ball well
  • Threat to score on any touch
  • Stretches a defense vertically

  • Weaknesses:
  • One-trick pony
  • One-year wonder
  • Could struggle with physical corners
  • May have problems to get off press coverage
  • Slight frame; needs more weight
  • Thin lower body
  • More straight line

  • Summary: Entering the 2022 season, Hyatt was not viewed as an early-round prospect after not producing much in 2020 (20-276-2) and in 2021 (21-226-2). However, Hyatt broke out in 2022 as Hendon Hooker’s game-changing deep-threat receiver. Hyatt recorded 67 receptions for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had an outing for the ages against Alabama with six catches for 207 yards and five touchdowns.

    Hyatt can quickly separate from defensive backs over the top and stretch the field vertically. He is a home run hitter who has a second gear to blaze by defensive backs and get open deep down the field. Along with his agility, Hyatt has adequate height and a nice-sized catch radius for a speed receiver.

    Hyatt is a bit of a one-trick pony as a deep speed receiver. He did not show the ability to be an underneath possessional wideout who could handle a high volume of targetss. On top of his route limitations, Hyatt is very thin, and it looks like he won’t be able to add much weight to his frame. Being so slim could limit him in the NFL because he could struggle to get off press coverage and have problems with physical cornerbacks. As a route runner, Hyatt is linear and has some limitations. He might top out as a third and or fourth rotational receiver in the NFL because of his size and route-running questions.

    In the 2023 NFL Draft, Hyatt will probably be a second-day pick. He could get late first-round consideration from some teams.

    Player Comparison: Robby Anderson. Hyatt is something like a shorter version of Anderson. Both are fast, skinny receivers who are one-trick ponies. If Hyatt pans out in the NFL, I could see him being a wide receiver similar to Anderson.


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