Our UDFA series continues this week with running back JaMycal Hasty, who is a prototypical “scat back” that relies on making defenders miss. In 2019, Hasty averaged 3.8 yards after contact and broke 22 tackles on 109 carries. Hasty will be the most popular UDFA in the preseason and training camp as he’ll have the most highlight-worthy plays. Hasty doesn’t have the same speed as the current backs on the roster do, which won’t do him any favors when it comes to making the roster, knowing what the 49ers prefer at running back.
Hasty finished his redshirt senior season with 616 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per attempt, and seven touchdowns. He caught 25 of his 34 targets for 184 yards. An impressive 50% of Hasty’s carries went for over 15 yards, though Baylor’s scheme could be responsible for some of his production.
Age: 23 (turns 24 September 12)
Weight: 205 pounds
If Hasty makes the roster, he’ll receive $610,000 as his base salary. If the 49ers release him, they’ll have $90,000 in dead money and will save $525,000 against the cap. Hasty’s three-year contract would amount to $2.2 million. Hasty was guaranteed $90,000 at the time of his signing.
Odds on making the roster
When you can create for yourself as a runner, you have a chance. Hasty has no issue making “something out of nothing.”
going back and forth about whether or not Hasty makes the roster. Here’s one play on the ground, and one play through the air. he can make you look silly pic.twitter.com/THdxZKCBrN— Kyle Posey (@KP_Show) June 17, 2020
Hasty will make the roster if he stands out as a receiver. As a runner, his production can be replaced. Yes, he breaks tackles, but you also see he tends to bounce runs unlike the one above, where he had no choice to go to the outside.
When Hasty gets in space is when he becomes a legitimate problem for defenses. On option routes, Hasty leaves linebackers hopping the other way. When he finally has the ball in his hands, the odds of you tackling Hasty 1-on-1 are as high as the Jaguars winning the Super Bowl this year.
Hasty has to improve as a pass protector. PFF credited him for allowing 14 pressures. There are some bad plays on tape when Hasty is blocking, and they come in big moments. Hasty seems like he doesn’t know what he’s looking for or where rushers are coming from. Too often, the quarterback had to fend for himself, which is a big reason why I don’t think Hasty makes the roster. If you can’t pass protect, you can’t play unless you have some traits that make it impossible to keep you off the field. Watch the Big 12 Championship when Baylor passes. That will give you an idea about what I mean with Hasty. Here is the condensed version.
Darrion Daniels is a big body, and the 49ers don’t have a lot of those on the roster. For what the 49ers like to do upfront and where Daniels excels, I think he makes the roster. Hasty has the ability out of the backfield, and he’s above average at breaking tackles and staying on his feet after contact. Still, Hasty has more players to beat out and feels like more of an insurance for Jerick McKinnon. For that, I think he’s a practice squad candidate.