Jaylin Hyatt Rookie Profile King Fantasy Sports

Jalin Hyatt-WR-Tennessee

Welcome to the rookie profile for Jalin Hyatt. Jalin Hyatt’s explosive performance in the 2022 season has put him on the map as the top deep threat in college football, drawing comparisons to last year’s first-round pick Jameson Williams.  Hyatt’s speed and explosiveness make him a valuable asset in any NFL offense, and he is expected to go early on in the NFL draft. 


Height: 6′ 0″

Weight: 276 lbs

Age: 21

40-yard dash: 4.40s 

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: 40″

Broad Jump: 11-3

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Receiving & Rushing Table
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/15/2023.

Notable Headlines

Jalin Hyatt is a dynamic receiver who made a name for himself as one of the most explosive playmakers in college football. In his 2022 junior season, Hyatt became the first player in UT history to win the Biletnikoff Award, which recognizes the nation’s best receiver in the FBS. Hyatt declared for the 2023 NFL Draft after his impressive performance throughout his three seasons at UT, where he set records for single-game touchdown receptions, single-game points scored, and single-season receiving touchdowns. He has a career total of 108 receptions for 1,769 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging 16.4 yards per catch. With his ability to consistently make big plays downfield, Hyatt is sure to be a highly sought-after prospect in the upcoming NFL draft.

Scouting Report


Jalin Hyatt is a speed demon with an explosive athletic profile and a vertical receiving skill set that has NFL scouts drooling. His elusiveness in and out of breaks, combined with ball skills that allow him to consistently come down with contested catches, make him a threat to score on any play. Hyatt’s elite speed was on full display at the combine, where he posted a blistering 4.40 40-yard dash (4.31 previously lasered not at the combine) and a 40.0″ vertical leap. Despite concerns about his size, Hyatt has shown he can dominate even the top secondaries in college football, making him virtually impossible to stop unless double-covered. His long arms and impressive catch radius make him play bigger than his size suggests, while his amazing catch-and-run ability consistently picks up big yardage after the catch. Hyatt is a precise route runner who creates separation on quick outs and stop patterns. His natural pass-catching ability and reliable hands make him an asset in any offense, and he’s also an excellent blocker despite his relatively slight frame.


Despite his impressive 2022 season, Hyatt has limited tape and has yet to prove himself over multiple seasons. His performance prior to 2022 was relatively average, and he will need to improve his ability to read and exploit zone coverage at the next level. Additionally, his route tree is limited, and he will need time to adjust to a more complex pro-style offense. 

Hyatt has mostly played from the slot position, where he has been sheltered from press coverage. As a result, he may struggle to translate his deep-threat abilities to the NFL, where he will be expected to run a wider variety of routes. While he has shown impressive quickness off the line of scrimmage, his slender frame and lack of play strength have left him vulnerable to getting knocked off course by physical defenders. Furthermore, Hyatt lacks deception in his intermediate routes, and he has had difficulty holding his ground when contested for catches (although he often does come up with the ball if he can get his hands on it). 

Given Tennessee’s scheme provided him with many free releases, he will need to work on improving his ability to get open against top-level cornerbacks.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 1

Landing Spots

Jalin Hyatt is a 5’10”-6’1″ and sub-190-pound wide receiver who exploded onto the national scene in 2022 as the premier deep threat in college football, much like DeSean Jackson, Will Fuller, and Jameson Williams before him. While Hyatt has the potential to join their esteemed group, his tape is limited to one season and he must improve his ability to sit down against zone coverage and run a more diverse route tree. Despite this, Hyatt’s explosive athletic profile, vertical receiving skill set, and ball skills have made him impossible to stop as a deep threat in college. Although he risks being viewed as a one-trick pony in the pros, his speed and proven downfield ability make him a top prospect for teams seeking an outside Z receiver who can stretch the field and take pressure off the No. 1. Hyatt’s long speed, elite athleticism, and proven track record of big plays make him a first-round consideration in the 2023 NFL draft. I predict seeing him in Baltimore or with the Giants.

Post Draft Analysis

New York Giants - Round 3, Pick 10

Landing Spot

Jalin Hyatt, joining the New York Giants as the 73rd overall pick in the NFL Draft, brings his Biletnikoff award-winning talent to a wide receivers group that could use his athletic skills. His potential to excel in preseason and training camp might see him garner increased playing time quickly, given the Giants’ need for solid contributors in this area. Injuries to other players, such as Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard, also open opportunities for Hyatt to step up. 

Being part of a division that houses formidable defensive backs necessitates a potent deep threat to maintain offensive balance. Hyatt’s capabilities position him to serve this role effectively. Given his athletic prowess, it may not be long before this South Carolina native begins to make a significant impact on game days for the Giants. As rookies get set for Mini-Camp, Hyatt is one to watch, ready to make his mark on the vibrant New York scene.

Fantasy Impact

In 2022, the New York Giants significantly lacked in producing explosive pass plays. This deficit is precisely what they aim to address with Jalin Hyatt, who brought a dynamic spark to college football last season, culminating in him securing the title of college football’s finest receiver. However, transitioning from Josh Heupel’s collegiate offense to the NFL does present certain risks, as history shows a somewhat lackluster record of receivers making such a switch. Opportunities abound for Hyatt to garner a sizable target share, with only Isaiah Hodgins, Darius Slayton, and Parris Campbell ahead of him on the depth chart. Furthermore, Wan’Dale Robinson’s return from an ACL injury leaves room for Hyatt to make his mark. 

While Darren Waller is expected to dominate the middle-field targets, Hyatt’s propensity for vertical plays could be a boon for Daniel Jones, encouraging him to increase his downfield throw percentage. In this scenario, Hyatt might turn out to be a late-round treasure in redraft leagues. That being said, his physicality, size, and route-running skills may need enhancement before he can become the center of the passing game, positioning him more as a potential long-term WR3 or an occasionally outstanding WR2.

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