The All-Star season is upon us! Football players across the country are receiving invitations to all-star games, and the Senior Bowl has already started to leak in accepted invitations to the game week scheduled for the last week of January and into early February. Today, we’re looking at one of those players who has accepted his invitation, Houston Baptist edge rusher Jalyx Hunt.
A transfer from Cornell, Jalyx Hunt played football and basketball in high school. Hunt received the second Senior Bowl invite to the 2024 game, with Director Jim Nagy arriving in person to hand him the invitation. Long, lanky defender who was used in various roles at Houston Christian but seems to project forward as a RUSH Edge. Still has a lot of room left to add to his frame.
Let’s explore his game.
RUSH Jalyx Hunt, Houston Christian Huskies
Year: Super Senior
High School: University (DeBary, FL)
HS Rating: N/A
Phil Steele: N/A
Jalyx Hunt is a transfer from Cornell. Played football and basketball in high school. Hunt received the second Senior Bowl invite to the 2024 game, with Director Jim Nagy arriving in person to hand him the invitation. Shrine Bowl Director Eric Galko also personally handed him an invitation. A long, lanky defender who was used in various roles at Houston Christian but seemed to project forward as a RUSH Edge. He still has a lot of room left to add to his frame.
Jalyx Hunt: Athletic Ability
- Very natural, fluid mover. Much better than he was at the start of 2022.
- Good lateral quickness. Very capable of working back inside with lateral quickness on stunts.
- Fluid athlete overall.
- Has some twitch and body control in his game. He frequently looks uncoordinated with his arms.
- Hunt has a good first step. Capable of working quickly off of the snap.
- Very explosive athlete. Stands out on film as soon as you turn it on.
Jalyx Hunt: Pass Rushing Mechanics
- Shows good balance. Keeps his footing well throughout the reps.
- He’s not a guy who knows how to use his hands as a pass rusher yet. He Wasn’t asked to pass rush very often.
Jalyx Hunt: Defending Ability
- I don’t see a lot of wrap-up technique from Hunt. Looks more like a hitter in space.
- Capable defender in space. He moves well and stays positioned to make a play in just about any direction.
- Pursuit angles are typically pretty good.
- I would like to see more instinct from Hunt overall and even recognize plays faster, but he has hustle to his game.
- Offers suitable zone coverage ability. Finds the football very well. He will take advantage of bad throws.
- Powerful motor.
The biggest question that I had coming away from Jalyx Hunt’s tape was not his athletic ability or whether he was fast or strong enough to play in the NFL. My question was more about fit. Where does Hunt best fit at the next level? In a league where every coach and scout is trying not to lose their jobs, Hunt could be a square peg that scouts can’t put through a round hole. I think he’s projecting as a RUSH Edge and could potentially be a Haasan Reddick-type player.
What we want to see in Mobile
- How does Jalyx Hunt handle most power situations? Can he win with power or technique against NFL-level offensive linemen as a pass rusher?
- The jump from a lower-level school is factual, and the Senior Bowl is the first real test many prospects get to see how they handle it. What does Hunt show us?
- He’s looking like he’s a bit of a tweener at this point – is Hunt a linebacker, or is he an edge rusher who needs to bulk up? If he’s a linebacker, I need to see better tackling.
Pre-Senior Bowl Projection: 7th/HPFA
Roster Projection: Raw Prospect