Jalin Hyatt makes NFL.com's list of top 10 OROY candidates
Giants training camp officially kicked off yesterday with the first practice of the summer.
It served as the first NFL training camp practice for the rookie class, some of whom are already garnering buzz from the media.
NFL.com's Chad Reuter listed his top 10 candidates for the 2023 Offensive Rookie of the Year award, which saw Giants wide receiver Jalin Hyatt come in at No. 9.
"The third-round pick brings premium deep speed and home-run ability to the Giants' offense, and he'll almost certainly have some eye-catching games as a rookie," wrote Reuter.
Hyatt erupted in 2022 as he put together the best receiving season in Tennessee 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 (vs. Alabama on 10/15). 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.
Following the draft, Hyatt was a popular choice as one of the best value picks of Day 2 by draft analysts.
"Outside of Detroit's (Hendon) Hooker pick, I really liked the Hyatt pick for the Giants in Round 3," ESPN's Matt Miller stated. "The Tennessee wideout was a top-30 player on my board and lands in an ideal situation with Mike Kafka and Brian Daboll running the offense. They love vertical speed players."
View photos from the first practice of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
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