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Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee Volunteers
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2023 NFL Draft, Pick No. 27: Buffalo Bills – Jalin Hyatt, Wide Receiver, Tennessee

The Buffalo Bills’ top need is guard, but there’s not really anyone worth reaching on this early in the draft. Here, the Bills go for a receiver to partner with Gabriel Davis and Stefon Diggs as they try to get over the hump and into the Super Bowl.

Jalin Hyatt exploded onto the scene during Tennessee’s return to footballing prominence in 2022, recording 67 receptions for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Volunteers, earning him the Biletnikoff Award for the best collegiate wide receiver in the nation.

Hyatt is a pure athlete who’s able to use his explosive speed to gain separation. Hyatt is a little undersized for his frame at 6-foot-0 and only 175 pounds, but he uses the tools he has to make big plays.

Hyatt is a bit raw coming into the NFL, however. Tennessee used him in the slot, and he didn’t run the most expanded route tree with the Vols. He also has only one season of production, which points to a prospect that has some coaching to do.

He doesn’t have to be a No. 1 receiver off the bat for the Bills, however. Buffalo will be able to bring him along slowly while utilizing him as a home-run threat when he’s on the field.