Cleveland Browns draft profile: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
The Cleveland Browns offense, even when playing well, has been limited but Tennessee Volunteer wide receiver Jalin Hyatt can open things up.
For the third season in a row the Cleveland Browns offense has lacked the ability to go vertical consistently. So far, former third-round pick Anthony Schwartz hasn’t been able to make much of an impact on the field.
No one outside Schwartz has the speed to really blow to top off the offense at least not on a consistent basis.
The Browns could solve that problem by drafting the University of Tennessee’s Jalin Hyatt in next April’s NFL draft. Playing primarily in the slot, something Cleveland also needs, it’s quick to see why Hyatt was able to carve up the SEC this season. He’s one of college football’s fastest players regularly leaving defensive backs in the dust for explosive plays.
The first question one might ask is can that speed win regularly against NFL-caliber talent at the next level? Look no further than Hyatt’s game this season against the Alabama Crimson Tide — they have plenty of players on defense that will be playing on Sundays before too long.
Against Alabama, Hyatt put up video game numbers running away from the Tide to the tune of six receptions for 207 yards and five touchdowns.
If there are concerns, it could be that Hyatt doesn’t have the most diverse route tree as he wasn’t really asked to run a ton of routes.
You also don’t know how his blocking will be in the run game because in Tennessee’s spread offense lined out wide he wasn’t asked to do that either. That said if the Browns are able to get Hyatt he will give the offense the thing they so desperately need, the speed that can win consistently and create explosive plays.