JaMycal Hasty never broke in his four years at Baylor. He never led the Bears in rush yards or attempts, and owns the fifth-worst College Dominator Rating among this running back class. At 23.5 years old, he is ancient for an incoming rookie. For comparison, Cam Akers is the youngest 2020 RB prospect at 20.8 years old. Finally, for a back of his stature – he’s 5-8, 208-pounds – Hasty ran a disappointing 4.55-second (63rd-percentile among qualified running backs) 40-yard dash. That result earned him an underwhelming 95.7 (46th-percentile) Speed Score. To be clear, Hasty is not three-down back material, but that doesn’t mean he can’t carve out a niche at the next level.
Despite his shortcomings, Hasty possesses certain qualities that make him an appealing prospect. For example, his receiving skill-set stands out. Hasty recorded at least 25 receptions and 100-plus receiving yards in three of his four seasons at Baylor. He also showed off his explosiveness, ranking No. 6 among RBs in the Vertical Jump (39.0 inches) and No. 10 in the Broad Jump (123-inches) for an impressive 127.8 (87th-percentile) Burst Score. He also showcased his athleticism on special teams, returning 16 kicks for 233 yards and taking his lone punt return 33 yards to the house as a junior. This versatility makes him a more appealing NFL prospect.
With a 31.2 Body Mass Index ranking in the 72nd-percentile, Hasty proved a durable back in college. In his time at Baylor, he only missed significant time during his sophomore season. A knee injury he suffered in the season-opener forced him to miss four games. Using the Player Profiler Data Analysis Tool, his five closest comps are Fozzy Whittaker, Charcandrick West, DuJuan Harris, Bronson Hill and Joe Banyard. Among them, Whittaker, West and Harris found fleeting success in the NFL. Banyard and Hill tallied 26 NFL carries between them. Much like Whittaker and West, Hasty figures to make a name for himself catching passes.
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Hasty worked in a running-back-by-committee setting for the entirety of his college career. In two of his four seasons, the Bears gave three running backs more than 100 carries. That helps to explain his minuscule 12.8-percent (13th-percentile) College Dominator Rating. Regardless, he never enjoyed a breakout season and didn’t stand apart from his backfield mates enough to earn a featured role. That reflects poorly on his potential to succeed at the next level.
After sitting out the 2015 season, Hasty played 12 games as a redshirt freshman. He tallied 119 carries – third-most on the team – for 623 yards, three TDs and a 5.2 yards per carry average. He joined backfield mates Terence Williams and Shock Linwood in recording 100-plus carries. The next two seasons saw his carries dip under 100, and a knee injury limited him to eight games as a sophomore. In his senior season, Hasty amassed 627 rush yards and seven scrimmage TDs – third-most on the Bears – and saw the second-most carries (109). Charlie Brewer (147) and John Lovett (103) also cleared 100 carries.
Overall, Hasty made efficient use of his touches. He averaged a healthy 5.8 (62nd-percentile) college yards per carry, saw increased targets every season and made strides in yards per reception, finishing his senior season with a 7.4 average. He led the Bears backfield with three receptions – yes, three – as a freshman, and 25 each in his sophomore and senior seasons. His production resulted in a 7.4-percent (50th-percentile) College Target Share. Hasty projects to be a bit player with upside in the NFL. A satellite back who, in the right situation, can handle 10-12 carries a game in addition to catching passes out of the backfield. That would make him a viable fantasy football asset. Taking on a specialist role similar to James White falls within Hasty’s range of outcomes. However, that would be his ceiling/best-case scenario. He’s going undrafted in rookie drafts and startups, but is well worth a flyer.