Penny Hart

WR, Georgia State

  • Conf Sun Belt - East
  • Jersey #18
  • Class RS Junior
  • HT 5'8"
  • DOB 07/05/1996
  • WT 180 lbs





    Separation Quickness - Snaps off routes quickly, maintaining his speed through the break. Athletic limitations hurt his ability to gain separation against quality man coverage, but deceptive route stems and hitting breaks at full gear helped counter-act that in college.

    Ball Skills - Despite small hands, can catch the ball outside his frame and high-point the ball. Limited radius however, physically incapable of getting to a lot of tough catches on off-target passes. Drops have been a bit of an issue. Tracks the ball really well over his shoulder on vertical routes.

    Speed/Burst - Slow and small is a bad combination, but that’s what Hart is. More quick than fast, struggled to eliminate space against off-coverage and lacking the burst to stack corners off the snap on the outside. Short-strider without an extra gear.

    Route-Running - Deliberate route breaks with purposeful attention to detail. Runs a decent route tree and seemed to have expanded ability in his repertoire based on Senior Bowl performance. Not sure he’s fast enough to run corners off and open up windows with routes back to the ball. Works the blind spot effectively when a defender flips his hips early.

    Contested Catch - Small frame without ideal length or hand size, makes hanging onto contested catches pretty tough, even against smaller cornerbacks. Unable to post up or get ideal positioning for jump balls. Made some tough grabs against Troy on nine routes with a defender in his back pocket, swiping his hands.

    YAC - Battles hard after the catch and shows surprising ability to slip a tackle here and there. No dominant trait to hang his hat on, lacks the burst and home run speed to take advantage of space and isn’t dynamic or elusive with the ball in his hands. Does have kick/punt return ability.

    Releases - Quick off the ball, but can’t build on that initial burst to get position vertically. Physicality at the top of his routes and at the line of scrimmage is an issue. Doesn’t have the length or strength to work off of contact easily. At his best when he gets clean releases in the slot. 

    Blocking - Not asked to do a ton as a blocker, but showed elite ferocity and effort when he was. Came in low and got his hands latched inside to drive opponents out of space. Physical limitations will be an issue in certain matchups. 

    Competitive Toughness - Scrappy competitor who will attempt to get after opponents as a blocker and make the most of his opportunities post-catch. Competed at a high level with excellent effort on every snap at the Senior Bowl. 

    Athleticism/Size - Came in at 5-foot-8, 180 pounds with sub 9-inch hands at the Senior Bowl weigh-in. Was not invited to the Combine, reportedly ran in the mid-4.6s at his pro day, which is far from ideal.

    BEST TRAIT - Route-Running

    WORST TRAIT - Size/Speed

    RED FLAGS - Broken foot ended his 2016 season after a few games.

    Hart played inside and outside for Georgia State in 2018, failing to match the production of his two previous 1,000-yard campaigns with a 669-yard performance over 12 games. While Hart didn’t produce like he had before in his career, his showing at the Senior Bowl turned many onto his tape when he likely would have been completely lost in the shuffle.

    Unfortunately for Hart, not a lot of receivers as small and slow as he is make it in the NFL, even as designated slot options. He’s a good route runner who has some separation quickness and toughness after the catch, but there probably isn’t enough of a successful profile for NFL teams to take a chance on him with a draft selection. Hart’s best chance to make a roster is to make a splash on special teams as a return man at the next level.

    Round Grade: 6th