Damon Hazelton

WR, Missouri

  • Conf SEC - East
  • Jersey #14
  • Class RS Senior
  • HT 6'2"
  • DOB 02/28/1997
  • WT 215 lbs


    PROS (+): He's got a massive catch radius at his disposal and has thrived in the past few years at Virginia Tech courtesy of back shoulder throws and vertical shots that drop into the bucket over the shoulder. He's got nifty ball skills and concentration to extend and snag a ball away from his frame. Strong hands to win receptions away from his frame make it difficult to play through his body and when he pairs it with working back to the football, he becomes a big headache to try to combat at the catch point. He's a slippery dude after the catch, too — he's capable of stopping on a dime and breaking pursuit angles to cut into open space and illustrates good field vision to find soft spaces to work. Has notable stride length at his disposal in the open field and has awareness of his releases to stutter release and force a false step.

    CONS (—): He's transferred twice now, first from Ball State and then again from Virginia Tech as a graduate transfer in 2020 — what has prevented him from sticking in a single place for an extended period of time? He, despite his length, isn't overly physical and wins despite of contact instead of creating added distance on defenders with physical play. Product tailed off significantly in 2019 as passing offense tailed off — he's generally been a big play target but not a high volume receiver. Had several touches manufactured with motion and screens, especially in 2018 when he posted his career best numbers (51 receptions & 802 yards). Often took free releases and he's definitely got more slow-burn speed than immediate burst at his disposal.