- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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All four NFC South teams have representatives at the University of Cincinnati’s pro day, which is going on right now. No doubt they’re keeping an eye on one of the draft’s more intriguing prospects, wide receiver Vidal Hazelton.
He suffered a major knee injury in last season’s opener and today was the first time he’s run publicly. According to agent, Kelli Masters, Hazelton was clocked at 4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which isn’t bad for a guy who was measured at 6-foot-2 and weighed in at 218 pounds. Hazelton also checked in with a 34-inch vertical leap and did 18 reps of 220 pounds on the bench press. Hazelton was clocked at 4.20 seconds in the shuttle and 6.78 seconds in the cone drill.
Hazelton came out of high school as one of the top-rated receivers in his class and started his career at Southern California before transferring to Cincinnati. Hazelton has spent part of his life in Georgia and previously said his dream would be to end up playing for the Falcons. Due to the injury and a limited college career, Hazelton is viewed as a possible undrafted free agent or late-round pick.
But he still has potential and that’s why teams are keeping an eye on him. By the way, Falcons director of college scouting Dave Caldwell is in attendance.