The New York Giants commenced the 2023 NFL draft on a high note. After acquiring Maryland’s standout cornerback Deonte Banks in the first round, they continued with another exceptional choice, enlisting John Michael Schmitz from Minnesota to address their center position.
Nonetheless, the Giants and general manager Joe Schoen recognized that the wide receiver position still needed attention. With the 89th overall pick in the third round, Big Blue promptly traded up to the 73rd overall selection, relinquishing the 89th and 128th picks.
The Giants secured the talents of Tennessee’s speedy Jalin Hyatt, a 6-foot, 175-pound receiver with explosive characteristics. Last season, Hyatt participated in 12 games, amassing 67 receptions for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns. NFL.com assigned Hyatt a boom-or-bust potential grade, ranking him third among receivers in athleticism score and noting the highest overall score of any receiver at the 2023 Combine.
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The Giants gained a genuine speedster in Jalin Hyatt:
Possessing elite speed and the capacity to outpace defensive backs at the second level, Hyatt perfectly aligns with the Giants’ offensive strategy. Drawing an NFL comparison to DeSean Jackson, the Giants have sought a receiver of this caliber for a considerable period. Although Hyatt occasionally struggles with dropped passes, his potential is immense. He is an immediate WR2 with WR1 upside if he can further develop and address some weaknesses.
Tennessee’s offense constrained Hyatt’s route tree due to their spread system. His lean frame may make him susceptible to more physical corners, but his speed enables him to establish separation. Additionally, his sharp vertical routes will present a significant challenge for opposing defensive coordinators.
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