CEDRIC BYRD | HAWAII | WO | #6 | SR | 5085 | 175 | 4.49e | Los Angeles, CA | Narboone HS
Overview: You’ll be hard-pressed to find many receivers with the type of production that Byrd has posted in the high-flying Hawaiian offense (98 catches, 1097 yrds, 10 touchdowns in 2019). An impressive athlete, who shows the agility to shake defenders and create separation, Byrd shows solid hands, to go along with his superb quickness. What he lacks in height, he makes up with his upper body strength and grit. He shows excellent bend, the know how and smarts to find the open seam in the defense, plus experience on special teams as both a punt and kick returner. Byrd will need to continue to get stronger and especially develop his lower body strength. The Los Angeles native was snubbed from the combine and had his pro day cancelled due to the Coronavirus. However, he is expected to conduct a virtual pro day workout from the Mamba Sports facility, where he has been training leading up to the draft, in order to prove his timed speed to pro scouts. Playing on the Islands has relegated Byrd as an under the radar prospect but he could prove to be an undrafted free agent gem.
Background: Born in Los Angeles, California, parents are Cedric and Jameelah Byrd; also has three sisters. A 2016 graduate of Narbonne High School in Harbor City; a three-year letter winner in football. Helped school to back-to-back city championships and regional and state titles as a senior. Tallied 60 receptions for 887 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Also returned kicks and scored touchdowns on both a kickoff and punt return. Named first-team all-city after tallying 1,321 all-purpose yards. Also lettered in track.
Career: In 29 career games at Hawaii, made 177 catches for 2,067 receiving yards (11.7) and 19 touchdowns; also has experience returning both punts and kickoffs; six career tackles.