Tennessee WR Jalin Hyatt Declares for 2023 NFL Draft; Won Biletnikoff Award

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 14, 2022

ATHENS, GEORGIA - NOVEMBER 05: Jalin Hyatt #11 of the Tennessee Volunteers reacts after a reception against the Georgia Bulldogs during the fourth quarter at Sanford Stadium on November 05, 2022 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Tennessee wide receiver Jalin Hyatt declared for the 2023 NFL draft Wednesday and announced he will not play in the Volunteers' Orange Bowl matchup against Clemson.

Jalin Hyatt @jalinhyatt

So thankful for my <a href="https://twitter.com/Vol_Football?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Vol_Football</a> teammates, coaches and all of Vol Nation. It's been an amazing ride. After careful consideration, I have decided to begin preparation for the 2023 NFL Draft. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VFL?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VFL</a> 🙏 <a href="https://t.co/Y42GMG0hoY">pic.twitter.com/Y42GMG0hoY</a>

Hyatt recorded 67 receptions for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns during the 2022 season on his way to winning the Biletnikoff Award.

Fellow Vols receiver Cedric Tillman previously announced his intention to enter the draft. Tillman is currently ESPN's sixth-ranked receiver and No. 40 overall prospect, while Hyatt is the seventh-ranked receiver and comes in at No. 44 overall. It's likely both players will find themselves hearing their names called on the second day of April's draft.

Hyatt, Tillman and quarterback Hendon Hooker helped spearhead Tennessee's explosive offense, leading the Vols to a 10-2 regular-season record. It's likely the only thing that prevented Tennessee from making the College Football Playoff was a shocking blowout loss to South Carolina last month.

Hooker suffered a torn ACL in the loss to the Gamecocks. He turns 25 in January and is currently the fifth-ranked quarterback in ESPN's draft rankings behind Bryce Young, CJ Stroud, Will Levis and Anthony Richardson.

The Vols led FBS in yards per game (538.1) and were third behind only Washington and Western Kentucky among the sport's most prolific passing offenses.