Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star OT Mitch Hyatt

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMarch 26, 2014

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star OT Mitch Hyatt

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    Mitch Hyatt is an impressive 5-star offensive tackle prospect. From Georgia, Hyatt has the potential to develop into an All-American left tackle at the collegiate level.

    Due to his position, he's not the most visible recruit in the country. However, those who study tape know how good the 5-star blocker is and how good he could be.

    Hyatt warrants a more in-depth look.

     

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247SportsPlayer evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports

Who Is Mitch Hyatt?

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    Hyatt is an offensive tackle who blocks for North Gwinnett High School in the Suwanee section of Georgia. He committed to Clemson Feb. 5 over offers from Florida, Auburn and Georgia, among many others.

    He's considered one of the best prospects in the country, as 247Sports ranks him third overall on its composite board.

    Hyatt is also third in the Scout 300 and 14th in the Rivals 250

Mitch Hyatt's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 6'5.5" and 271 pounds, Hyatt is one of the most technically sound offensive line prospects in recent memory. He bends fine at the knees, and he does a good job of smoothly getting out of his stance.

    As a run-blocker, he quickly gets his mitts on his target and runs his feet at the point of attack. Hyatt has good toughness, and he plays with solid leverage. He is a good athlete for his size and position, which helps him get to linebackers on the second level and hit moving targets.

    The Clemson pledge should not have any issues being used on counters and other various types of run blocks.

    As a pass-protector, Hyatt's body quickness and agility help him excel. He can rock back quickly to set up deep. Plus, he has quick hands to short-set on the edge. Hyatt punches and extends with good hand placement and technique, and he slides well when engaged.

    The Peach State native has the ability to patiently dance with rushers in space, and his long arms help him wash opponents around the pocket on a frequent basis.

Mitch Hyatt's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    Hyatt has solid size, but there have been bigger offensive line prospects over the years. He needs to add more bulk to his frame before he arrives at Clemson.

    Next, the talented blocker must improve his strength. He's adequate in this category on the high school level, but college defensive linemen who get under his pads will be able to push him around. 

    Hyatt will struggle to anchor as a pass-protector versus mass and power, and he'll be more of a wall-off blocker in the run game, as opposed to a mauler. 

Junior Highlights of Mitch Hyatt

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    The above highlight reel comes from Hyatt's junior season. Keep an eye on his polished technique and solid agility. 

More Highlights of Mitch Hyatt

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    Here are some additional highlights of Hyatt. Offensive linemen do not get much attention, but this is a player who is definitely worth watching. 

Predictions

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    Hyatt could be ready to play as a true freshman at Clemson, but he will not be ready to start immediately. Adding bulk and strength need to be his top priorities.

    However, he will get bigger and stronger, as he'll weigh more than 300 pounds by the start of his second year with the Tigers. Before he leaves, he will be an All-ACC left tackle and perhaps even an All-American.

    Chad Simmons of Scout.com said:

    "He is strong fundamentally now and he will develop physically."

     

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.