NAME: Mitch Hyatt
POSITION: Offensive Tackle
JERSEY: No. 75
RECRUITMENT RATING: 5-star
WT: 305 lbs
From his 5-star rating as a recruit and immediately becoming the Tigers’ starting left tackle to All-ACC honors in his first three seasons in college and winning the ACC Jacobs Blocking trophy as the conference’s top offensive lineman, Hyatt is putting together the resume of a high draft pick. With that said, he has a long way to go on the field for that to be a reality.
Hyatt’s issues as a blocker stem from technical issues with his hands and a lack of overall play strength. As a pass blocker, Hyatt is too frequently late with his punch, opening the door for pass rushers to soften angles and get after the quarterback. When combined with a soft anchor, the width of the pocket is consistently compromised. His punch lacks pop and he lacks the grip strength to sustain blocks.
When run blocking, Hyatt has a tendency to duck his head at the point of attack which causes him to over extend and fail to see his opponent. His lack of play strength mitigates his ability to create space on the ground and Hyatt is regularly stacked at the line of scrimmage.
When considering the positive aspects of Hyatt, his experience stands out. He’s a three-year starter and has a chance to become Clemson’s first ever four-time All-Conference selection. He also does well to initially frame pass rushers out of his kickslide.
A defining season is ahead for Hyatt to prove he has the desired NFL traits to match the stellar resume he’s already built.