Position: Wide Receiver
Draft Projection: Mid 1st Round Pick
Jaylen Waddle is a wide receiver who attended Episcopal High School in Bellaire, TX. Waddle, a highly recruited talent out of high school, was sought after by many top programs. Waddle eventually settled on Alabama as a true freshman. He earned the SEC Freshman of the Year after recording 45 receptions for 848 yards and seven touchdowns. The following year, he was named first team All-SEC as a return specialist and SEC Special Teams Player of the Year. On October 24, 2020, Waddle broke his right ankle when he was tackled while returning the opening kickoff in a game against Tennessee. Waddle returned for the National Championship game against Ohio State. On January 14, 2021, Waddle announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
Career Stats 2018-2020
1999 Receiving Yards
Jaylen Waddle is an explosive receiver that could be overlooked in this draft. Due to his cheat code like speed, Waddle has been compared to current speedster Tyreek Hill. Waddle has also shown the ability to jump and compete for 50/50 balls in the air. With his speed and ability to compete for balls deep, he can also sell and exploit the double-move on his routes to completely fool the defense. Waddle doesn’t have many weaknesses but if there were two to point out it would be his strength and the injury. He missed the majority of the 2020 season and struggles with the bench press. The reason why Waddle would be a good fit for the Philadelphia Eagles in my mind, is because pairing him with Reagor would be a nightmare for any secondary.
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