Daniel Jeremiah updates Giants' pick in latest mock draft
With the NFL Scouting Combine less than a week away, mock draft season is in full swing.
NFL Network draft analyst and former scout Daniel Jeremiah released his latest mock draft, in which he updated his prediction for the Giants.
After going with USC wide receiver Jordan Addison in his first mock draft last month, Jeremiah picked a new wideout for the Giants at No. 25 - Tennessee's Jalin Hyatt.
"The Giants are desperate for some explosiveness at receiver. Hyatt provides plenty of it," writes Jeremiah.
Hyatt erupted in 2022 as he put together the best receiving season in UT history. The 6-foot, 185-pound receiver pulled in 67 passes for 1,267 yards and a school-record 15 touchdowns in 12 games, including a program-record five scores in one contest. He finished the season with averages of 18.9 yards per reception and 105.6 yards per game.
The explosive receiver became the first player in school history to win the Biletnikoff Award, presented each year to the nation's most outstanding wide receiver. He also became the first wide receiver in Tennessee history to be named First-Team All-American and the first Volunteer to achieve the feat since Eric Berry in 2009. He was also named First-Team All-SEC as he led the conference in receiving yards, touchdowns, receptions per game (5.6) and receiving yards per game.
Hyatt totaled 41 receptions for 502 yards and four touchdowns through his first two years with the Volunteers.
Jeremiah ranked Hyatt No. 23 in his top 50 draft prospect rankings last month.
"Hyatt is a thin-framed wide receiver with rare speed," wrote the NFL Media analyst. "At Tennessee over the past two years, he primarily lined up in the slot in Josh Heupel's spread attack, catching a ton of quick hitters and over-the-top balls. He is at his best when he can stay on the move without having to gear down and work back to the quarterback. He has easy speed, destroying cushions immediately, and he can find another gear with the ball in the air. He tracks the ball naturally over his shoulder and can make plays above the rim.
"After the catch, he isn't very shifty or elusive, but he can simply run away from tacklers. He enjoyed his best game this past season in Tennessee's thrilling win over Alabama, producing one big play after another in a five-touchdown bonanza. Overall, Hyatt is a home run hitter with reliable hands."
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his updated rankings of the top 50 prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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