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Jadon Haselwood NFL Draft
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Jadon Haselwood NFL Draft 2023 Prospect Interview

  • Justin Melo
  • April 25, 2023
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Arkansas wide receiver Jadon Haselwood is a big-bodied physically imposing pass-catcher. Haselwood dominates opposing cornerbacks at the catch point with size and a massive catch radius. Haselwood will appeal to NFL franchises that crave size at the position.

Haselwood recently spoke exclusively with The Draft Network about his decision to transfer from Oklahoma to Arkansas, his favorite routes to run, using his natural physical traits to his advantage, and more.

JM: How do you reflect on the decision to transfer from Oklahoma to Arkansas?

Jadon Haselwood: I feel like I made a pretty good decision. I transferred to a place that better utilized my skill set. Arkansas made me a focal point of their offense. Arkansas put the ball in my hands a little bit more than Oklahoma did. They gave me more opportunities to make plays. I’m thankful for Arkansas.

JM: The decision definitely worked out for you. You have terrific size at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds with 10-inch hands. How do you use those traits to your advantage?

Jadon Haselwood: I use my traits to be a productive pass catcher. It’s that simple. I think I move pretty well for my size, too. I’m a good route runner. That’s my craft. I work on running routes every single day.

JM: Do you have a favorite route to run?

Jadon Haselwood: No, I really don’t. I just love running the entire route tree, to be honest with you. I pride myself on my ability to do that [run every route]. I view route-running as a true art. Running those different patterns opens up so many possibilities. 

I love working my releases because there are different ways to approach route running. I’m always looking to gain the upper hand on my opponent. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite route to run. I feel like every receiver loves running a double move though. I definitely love those double moves.

JM: That’s fair. Because you often have the size advantage, I’m curious if you approach smaller, shiftier cornerbacks differently than the ones who can match your size and physicality?

Jadon Haselwood: I approach every opponent differently regardless of size. I base my approach based on their game, not their size. I watch a lot of film and make my decisions from there. I try to identify their weaknesses on tape. Is he an aggressive cornerback? Is he a bit more patient?

It just depends on the player and his tendencies at the end of the day. If he’s a physical cornerback, I can always match physicality with physicality. That’s how I play the game. I like adding in a little finesse. 

I don’t feel like there’s a cornerback that can keep up with me.

JM: Every receiver needs an X-factor to truly separate themselves from the competition. What’s Jadon Haselwood’s X-factor?

Jadon Haselwood: I would say my X-factor is that I never let up. I play every snap with the same level of aggression. I don’t take plays off. I love the game of football, and I play it with a physical temperament. 

I don’t care if we have a 50-point lead in the fourth quarter. I’m going to approach every rep with the same mentality. I’m a passionate player. If I’m still in the game at that point, I’m going to continue treating the game with respect. I play like the score is always 0-0. Once I get going, I feel like I’m a very dominant receiver.

JM: It’s evident on tape. Have you completed any Top 30 visits, private workouts, or Zoom meetings?

Jadon Haselwood: I had Top 30 visits with the Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, and Detroit Lions. I’ve probably met with another 10 teams through Zoom. I met with the Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Raiders, and a bunch of others virtually.

JM: There’s a lot of interest in you and it’s easy to see why. We’ve appreciated your time today. What kind of impact is Jadon Hasselwood going to make at the next level?

Jadon Haselwood: My best football is ahead of me. I will be one of the greatest receivers to ever play the game. I firmly believe that. Nobody saw the full range of my capabilities in college. I know that to be true. 

When I get to the league, I’m in there to stay.

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