The 2021 NFL Draft is now just two weeks away. The three-day event is slated to take place from April 29th-May 1st in Cleveland, Ohio. The draft is always a weekend full of new beginnings and hope for the future. This goes for the members of the incoming draft class, NFL teams and fans alike. Among the players expected to go among the first 10-15 picks in this year’s NFL Draft is wide receiver Jaylen Waddle out of Alabama.
The following is a complete Jaylen Waddle NFL Draft profile, including stats, highlights and a mock projection.
Jaylen Waddle NFL Draft Profile, Stats, Highlights and Projection
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 182 lbs
College: Alabama Crimson Tide
Jaylen Waddle 2020 Stats
- Receptions: 28
- Receiving Yards: 591
- Yards per Reception: 21.1
- Touchdowns: 4
Jaylen Waddle Highlights
Jaylen Waddle Draft Profile
Jaylen Waddle showed plenty of versatility in where he lined up during his three seasons at Alabama. Speed is a major strength. He has tremendous hands and uses his athleticism to his advantage when pinpointing jump balls. No matter where Waddle lines up in a formation, defenses are forced to take note. His killer quickness can turn any play into a big one. Waddle also has proven his ability to run a diverse route tree. He has no trouble cutting through congested areas of the defense over the middle. At the same time, he’s capable of burning his man on a go in one-on-one coverage.
While he isn’t the biggest receiver, Waddle more than makes up for his lack of size with his speed and talent. Still, it could crop up as a concern among NFL scouts. He also will need to continue to perfect his footwork, particularly at the top of routes where he has a tendency to overstep at times. Waddle is also coming off a 2020 campaign that saw him severely limited by an ankle injury. Given his slight stature, durability may be a concern at the next level.
Jaylen Waddle Draft Projection
All 2021 NFL Draft Projections are taken from the latest CBS NFL Mock Draft by Ryan Wilson.
Jaylen Waddle is currently projected to be drafted by the Carolina Panthers at No. 8 overall. He is the second wide receiver selected in this mock draft.
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