Photo of Matt Hazel
Drafted By: Dolphins

Combine Results

Grade
5.16 ?
  • 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

Draft Analysis:

"Hazel plays in the slot and outside, and makes some spectacular catches when you watch him on tape. This might be one of the best picks the Dolphins have." -- Daniel Jeremiah

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 3/8" Arm Length
  • 198LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

Prepped in South Carolina. As a true freshman in 2010, played 11 games (three starts) and caught 20 balls for 276 yards (13.8-yard average) and five touchdowns. Missed the season opener against West Virginia (illness). Started 9 of 11 games in 2011, with 32 catches for 488 yards (15.3-yard average) and six touchdowns. Started all 13 games in 2012 and posted 61 catches for 799 yards (13.1-yard average) and eight touchdowns. Started all 14 games in 2013 and produced 70 catches for 990 yards (14.1-yard average) and nine touchdowns. Hurt his shoulder against Hampton and did not play against Elon. Led the Chanticleers in receiving his final three seasons. Owns CCU career and single-season receptions records. Was the third player in school history to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, joining Jerome Simpson (Vikings) and Josh Norman (Panthers).

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.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

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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