Mitch Hyatt is one of the most interesting Clemson football players to watch in this coming NFL Draft. Here’s what to look for at the NFL Combine for him.
Clemson football had a total of 11 players invited to the 2019 NFL Combine, which is slated to take place tomorrow.
Throughout last week and into today, Rubbing the Rock has given you our profile of each of those Clemson football players, previewing what to expect for them in the upcoming combine and how it might affect their NFL Draft stock.
We close that series today with a look at offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt.
2019 NFL Combine Profile:
Name: Mitch Hyatt
Weight: 311 pounds
Draft Grade: Mid-rounder
How will he perform?
NFL Scouts have varying opinions on Mitch Hyatt. Many believe that he isn’t worth a pick higher than the fourth round, while others believe he could work himself into the early-mid rounds of the draft.
In the latest NFL.com Mock Draft, Hyatt was taken in the middle of the third round and I think that’s about right. There’s a shot he could work himself up a little higher, but 3rd-4th round sounds about what I’d expect for him.
Hyatt played really well and absolutely improved during his Clemson football career. He came back his senior season to avenge that loss to Alabama and prove that he could play with elite defensive ends. He shutdown elite pass-rusher Bryan Burns, of Florida State, and took control of his matchup against Alabama, as well.
The problem that scouts see with him is that he doesn’t have the quickest footwork and his arms aren’t quite as long as they’d like them to be. His fundamentals and football IQ, as well as ability to adjust, are what will get him drafted in the mid-rounds, in my opinion.
Hyatt certainly proved to be a valuable offensive lineman for Clemson football and I think he has a chance to be just that- whether it be at tackle or guard- in the NFL.