Photo of Matt Hazel
Grade
5.17 ?
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.60 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 198LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

Two-time first-team All-Big South. Finished with school-record 183 career receptions. Had 2,553 career receiving yards, second in school history. 2013: First-team All-Big South. Set school record with 70 receptions. Tied for Big South lead with 9 TDs. 2012: First-team All-Big South. Tied a school record with 61 receptions. 2011: Second-team All-Big South. Finished third in the conference with 6 TD receptions. 2010: Played 11 games. Tied Jerome Simpson’s school record with 3 TDs in a game.

High School: 2009 Shrine Bowl squad representing South Carolina.

Analysis

Strengths

Good functional football-playing speed. Accelerates off the line and can create separation. Tracks the deep ball well, contorts his body in the air and can make difficult catches look easy. Can create after the catch and make the first defender miss on bubble screens out of the slot. Willing blocker -- displays surprising toughness for his size to mix it up with linebackers. Fared well vs. better competiition (see South Carolina). Comes from a very supportive family and has strong personal and football character. The game is very important to him.

Weaknesses

Not physically strong with a lean body build, small hands and short arms. Can be knocked off routes by tight press coverage. Average strength and elusiveness after the catch. Looks for a landing spot before contact (hears footsteps). Alligator arms appear in traffic and bodies the ball along the sideline. Shows some tightness in his body coming out of breaks and routes could use more refinement.

Bottom Line

A smooth, fluid, athletic small-school receiver with the hands, body control and concentration to earn a roster spot and develop into a solid contributor.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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