Our rookie scouting reports combine film and analytics to provide the best possible predictions for player performance. With the 2023 NFL Draft less than a month away, let’s take a look at the scouting report for Arkansas WR Jadon Haselwood.
Jadon Haselwood NFL Draft Profile
- Position: Wide Receiver
- School: Arkansas
- Year: Senior
Haselwood was a five-star recruit out of Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia. He was not just one of the top college prospects in the entire country — he was the No. 1 wide receiver recruit of 2019.
Haselwood spent three years at Oklahoma, hoping to benefit from their usual explosive offense. Instead, he was just a role player. In three years, Haselwood played in 25 games but caught only 62 passes for 736 yards and seven touchdowns.
After failing to earn playing time competing with guys like CeeDee Lamb and Marvin Mims, Haselwood opted to play his final collegiate season at Arkansas.
Things certainly went better for Haselwood as a Razorback. He caught 59 passes for 702 yards and three scores in 12 games.
In his lone season at Arkansas, Haselwood had eight games with at least five receptions. However, he went over 100 yards just once in his entire college career. Ironically, it was in a game where he caught a season-low three passes.
Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report for Jadon Haselwood
Strengths: Oklahoma transfer who displayed a lot of improvement in his game the past three seasons. Possesses nice size and big hands and plays tough, strong football. Extends or exposes himself to make the reception, reaches back and adjusts to the errant throw, and grabs the ball with his hands away from his frame.
Displays good route discipline, tracks the ball in the air, and consistently wins out for the jump ball. Uses the sidelines well and plays with outstanding balance.
Weaknesses: Must improve his route running, as he slows into breaks. Doesn’t show deep speed on the field.
Overall: Haselwood bolted for the draft after a terrific season at Arkansas and is a long wideout with upside. He must do a better job separating from defenders and become more of a red-zone threat, but he has the underlying ability to be a fourth receiver on a depth chart.
Jadon Haselwood Combine Measurements and Results
- Height: 6’2 1/8″
- Weight: 215 pounds
- Arm Length: 31 1/4″
- Hand Size: 10″
- Bench Press: N/A
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.66
Arkansas WR Jadon Haselwood Current Draft Projection
On Tony Pauline’s Big Board, Haselwood ranked 228th overall and is projected to be drafted in the sixth round. With a 3.32 grade, he is Pauline’s WR34 in this class.
This year’s wide receiver class features plenty of depth but lacks the true high-end talent we’ve been spoiled with in recent years. That could open the door for more later-round selections to work their way onto NFL rosters.
Even so, Haselwood clearly didn’t come close to living up to his status as the top wide receiver recruit from 2019. Evaluating players at the NFL level is an inexact science. At the high school level, it’s even more difficult.
College production is the most predictive indicator of NFL success. Haselwood’s best season was his final one in 2022, where he saw a 22% target share. While that’s solid enough, he averaged just 11.9 yards per reception.
Haselwood was also somewhat disappointed compared to expectations in his athletic testing. His speed score is below the 50th percentile, and his 4.66 40-yard dash is objectively slow. 40 times aren’t as important for wide receivers. But Haselwood not being an impressive athlete while also not being productive in college does not bode well for his NFL success.
For guys like Haselwood, who are projected to be Day 3 picks (and a later one, at that), the path to making an NFL roster is usually special teams. Haselwood did not play special teams at all at college, and his athleticism does not point to him becoming an effective special teamer at the NFL level.
When NFL coaches and general managers are deciding what fringe players to keep, the ones that play special teams often get the nod. Haselwood would likely lose that battle.
It’s always a challenge for Day 3 picks. If Haselwood is indeed around the 34th wide receiver selected, he will be fighting an uphill battle. Sadly, given his lack of special teams prowess, it’s likely Haselwood never finds his way into a regular season game.
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