Biletnikoff Winner Skipping Orange Bowl
If anyone was thinking of betting on Tennessee in the Orange Bowl against Clemson, you may have to reconsider. The Volunteers Bilentinikoff winning wide receiver, Jalin Hyatt, has decided to skip the Orange Bowl and declare for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Hyatt was one of the key pieces to the Volunteer's resurgence into the College Football elite. Hyatt helped the Volunteers go 10-2, end the season in the top 10, and finished as the second-best team in the SEC. With Hendon Hooker as his quarterback, Hyatt came out of nowhere and overthrew USC wide receiver Jordan Addison as the best receiver in college football.
In his first two seasons, Hyatt only had 502 yards which is solid but not anything special. This year Hyatt was one of the big surprises by having 67 receptions, 1,267 yards, and 15 touchdowns. Hyatt also becomes the first Volunteer since Eric Berry to become a unanimous All-American.
As every Alabama fan knows, Hyatt's breakout game came on October,15 in this years "Third Saturday in October." In Tennesse's first win against Alabama since 2007, Hyatt went off for 207 receiving yards and five of the Volunteer's seven touchdowns.
The question now is who is going to pick up Hyatt?
According to Tankathon, there are a couple of teams in the top 15 that could pick up the speedy 5-foot-11 receiver. In my opinion, the four teams to watch out for are the Chicago Bears, the Indianapolis Colts, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. All of these teams desperately need a deep threat or a playmaker that you can go to for a big play. If not the top 15, the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, New York Giants, and Baltimore Ravens could also be possible landing spots for Hyatt.
In the end, this is great news for Crimson Tide fans. Next year in Bryant Denny Stadium, Nick Saban's defense will not have to worry about Hyatt torching his secondary.
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