Draft Profile: WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

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Pos. WR
Ht. 5’9 1/2″
Wt. 180
Class: 3JR
College. Alabama.
DOB: 11/25/98

2018: 15 games. 45 rec, 848 yards, 7 TDs
2019: 13 games. 33 rec, 560 yards, 6 TDs; 1 att, 5 yards
2020: 6 games. 28 rec, 591 yards, 4 TDs; 3 att, 12 yards
Misc. Stats. 38 PR, 733 yards, 2 TDs; 9 KR, 214 yards, 1 TD

Accolades. 2018 SEC Freshmen of the Year, 2019 SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, 2019 First team All-SEC, 2020 Second team All-SEC, 2020 CFP National Champion

Injury History. Suffered ankle fracture in 2020.

History. Four-star recruit from Bellaire, TX. Attended Houston Episcopal. Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Game

Strengths. Blazing speedster, who is a threat to score every time he touches the rock. Big play potential, including in the return game. Phenomenal stop and start ability, really explosive. Doesn’t have to reduce gears when moving laterally, incredibly fluid athlete. Shifty with the ball in his hands, loose hips and great feet. Versatile, that can be used in motion on jet sweeps, swing passes, screens, etc.

Weaknesses. Undersized. Could have issues staying healthy at the next level. Coming off an ankle injury. Not a natural hands catcher. Ball skills are nothing special. Had a lot of talent around him throughout career, simply too many weapons for a college secondary to cover.

Overview. Like his Alabama teammates last year, and Smith this year, Waddle is an experience and production weapon. He’s got blazing speed and has video game like fluidity. He’s a threat to put 6 on the board, every time you put the ball in his hands. His size and injury concerns could scare some away, but he’s probably not going to make it into the 20s. His agility and explosiveness with the ball, reminds me of Devin Hester.

Evaluation based on. Oklahoma 18′, Clemson 19′ Georgia 20′, Texas A&M 20′, Ole Miss 20′

Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round

Draft Grade: 6.55

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