PRO 2020 Rookie Spotlight: JaMycal Hasty, RB Baylor

Rookie Spotlight: JaMycal Hasty, Baylor University
Height: 5’ 8” (official)
Weight: 205 lbs (official)
Hands: 9 1/8”
Arm: 31 1/8”
40 yard dash: 4.55 (official)
NFL Comparison: Duke Johnson, Donald Brown

– moves well in tight spaces
– low center of gravity
– good contact balance
– reliable hands
– solid pass protection
– good vision
– very athletic
– 90th percentile SPARQ athlete

– more quick than fast
– not very powerful as a runner
– never handled a full load
– injuries throughout career back to high school

2019 Team Market Share Numbers

22% rush attempts
9% receptions
14% total offensive yards
12% total offensive TDs

Scouting Notes: Hasty is exactly that. He erupts out of the backfield in a hurry, whether it’s on a draw play or short passing route. Hasty is a capable downhill runner, which is refreshing to see from someone of his stature and skillset. A lot of “smaller” pass catching backs tend to dance around a lot. This isn’t the case with Hasty, who though shifty and elusive, usually waits until he’s broken the line of scrimmage to turn on his lateral agility. And agile he is, especially in traffic. Hasty keeps his pads low and his feet moving on the second level, so he stays upright if he is hit with glancing blows. Most of the time, a solid hit will bring him to a halt, as he is quick enough to get past most linebackers, but he’s not quite powerful enough to run through them with regularity. He’s not afraid to try, though. He wore the number #6 at Baylor, as single digit numbers were only given to the players who exhibited toughness with consistency. He takes the abandon that he uses in the run game into his blocking as well, where’s he’s more than willing, if not always effective. As a pass catcher, Hasty is an exacting route runner and has reliable hands. He had 79 receptions over his three seasons at Baylor. It is disconcerting that Hasty’s most productive year on the ground was his freshman year with over 600 yards as part of a committee, but he did average 5.8 YPC in 2019 on the way to 7 TDs.

Fantasy Outlook: Hasty never carried the load for his team, and teams are going to hold that against him, especially considering his more compact build. Don’t get me wrong, Hasty is short, not small, but he doesn’t necessarily fit the mold of the prototypical 3-down back, and I don’t think he will be drafted as such. He projects to be a third down back, who could be effective in goal line situations. His athleticism and ability to produce on special teams should get Hasty some chances early in his career, but I don’t see him being a regular fantasy contributor at the outset of his NFL tenure. We’ve never really seen what Hasty can do with a workhorse role though, so he could surprise us all if he’s really as tough and smart as he’s been touted. That’s if he can stay healthy though. He’s got a list of nagging injuries from all the way back in high school.

From the Baylor Athletic Department:

Elusive and quick fifth-year senior running back … … 31 games played with 13 career starts … Rushed for 434 yards on 82 carries, 4 rushing TDs, 1 receiving TD … Ran for 314 yards and one TD in injury-marred sophomore season … Rushed for 623 yards and three scores as a redshirt freshman in 2016 … Sat out 2015 as redshirt … 2018 Big 12 All-Academic second team selection … Graduated with a degree in health, kinesiology and leisure studies in August 2018 … selected by his teammates for a single-digit jersey number in 2018.

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