Clemson football has moved into the Alabama level of college football in the last four years. Mitch Hyatt was a constant during that stretch.
Hyatt, a former blue chip recruit out of Georgia, was a four year starter for the Tigers. The left tackle helped the team take home two national titles, and was an All-ACC and All-American performer in 2018.
He may not have the measurables of some other top draft prospects along the offensive line. However, you'd think someone would look to take someone with his success and pedigree on the field.
And yet, that call never came.
Clemson All-American tackle Mitch Hyatt may be the most shocking undrafted player in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Fans cannot believe that no team could find a spot for him in 254 picks.
Some undrafted free agency offers have already been extended to players. Hyatt is still available as of this writing. I'd guess that he will have a destination in the next few hours.
His NFL.com Draft profile outlined some of the potential issues, but it certainly didn't sound like the profile of a guy who would go completely undrafted.
Four-year starter who is credited by his offensive coordinator with helping to change the culture of the Clemson offensive line. Hyatt is lacking in mass, power and traits, but he's steady and understands how to play. Clemson's offense covered up some of the deficiencies that will show up on the pro level in pass protection but that can be improved upon with better strength. Hyatt could find his calling as a zone-scheme guard with swing tackle ability.
The bright side is, as people always bring up in these situations, that Hyatt now has the ability to find a team that is the best fit for him, which could be better than going as a seventh round pick. Still, there is some inherent honor in being drafted.
Wherever he ends up, I don't think anyone would be shocked if he's a contributor down the road.