Isn't real explosive off the line when asked to get into his routes, but is a powerful route runner who can easily shrug off defenders and create some separation for himself vs. off-man. But, too often seems to gear down out of his breaks, especially when asked to break back toward the throw. However, he displays a nice combination of physicality and shiftiness off the line vs. press coverage.
Loves to work the outside shimmy before planting his foot and gaining an inside step. Does a nice job disguising his routes and can be sudden out of his breaks. Doesn't generate a great burst when asked to separate. But, has the ability to initially create a step for himself and uses his big frame to shield defenders from the throw.
Now, he isn't going to run away from any NFL defensive back and further his separation for himself out of his breaks, but he has the short-area ability to initially gain an inside position. Exhibits good strength with the ball in his hands and can be a load to bring down in the open field. He'll see his first real playing time in over a year in 2010 after transferring from USC and will need to be re-evaluated again during the season.
Impression: A big, physical wideout who possesses a big set of hands and some lateral quickness off the line when asked to beat press. Now, he isn't a burner and isn't a guy who will ever stretch an NFL defense. But, I like his skill set and size, but needs to prove he is healthy from a knee injury that ended his 2010 season."
Positive: One time highly rated prospect whose draft stock took a big hit the past three years. Fluid releasing off the line and plays with good balance and body control. Adjusts to the errant throw and extends to make the reception away from his frame in contorted positions. Uses his frame to shield away opponents and protect the pass. Gets vertical and fights in a crowd to come down with the ball.
Negative: Unnecessarily lets the pass get inside him at times. Tends to peek before he's actually caught the ball, which results in dropped passes. Shows minimal quickness into routes.
Analysis: Hazelton looked like a big-time receiver prospect after his sophomore season of 2007 yet has been a fraction of himself ever since. His knee injury last year further dampens his next level hopes, but a healthy Hazelton should be given a look in camp this summer as he has the necessary skills to make it as a fifth receiver."
From there he was a backup WR at USC in 2006, appearing in all 11 games and catching one pass for 8 yards, and running one reverse.
In 2007, he had his one "bankable" year as a collegian at USC, catching 50 balls for 540 yards (10.8 avg.) and four TDs.
He appeared in just 8 games caught only six balls for 38 yards.
He transferred to UC in 2009, and sat out due to the transfer rule. He then caught 6-68 and returned some kicks in UC's opening game loss on the road v. Fresno State in 2010, before injuring his knee and sitting out the remainder of the season.
NOTE: Vidal has entered the 2011 NFL Draft pool as an early-entry junior.
Strengths: Practically nothing much to go on here, as he hasn't played much college ball for three years. Tremendous natural athlete with a load of potential, but nothing has ever really panned out for him. Has the physical package if his knee checks out, and worth a gamble in the late rounds.
Weaknesses: Lots of questions will haunt Vidal entering the 2011 draft. Why could he not keep it together at USC? Why the transfer to UC after a remarkable year in 2007 at USC? Can he take hard coaching? What about the surgically repaired knee?
Projection: 6-7th rounder, who could go higher if he is able to run well for scouts before the draft."