Draft Profile: BioJaden Walley from D'Iberville High School was rated a 3-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Walley opted to join Mississippi State.
In 2020 as a freshman Walley saw action in 11 games for the Bulldogs as he made 52 receptions for an excellent 718 yards for an average of 13.8 yards per reception, with 2 TDs, and a solid QB rating when targeted of 73.3.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played 13 games and had an excellent 55 catches for 628 yards for an average of 11.4 yards per catch, with 6 TDs, and an excellent QB rating when targeted of 114.7.
As a junior in 2022 he played 12 games and hauled in a solid 29 catches for a solid 305 yards for an average of 10.5 yards per catch, with 3 TDs, and an excellent QB rating when targeted of 91.7.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Flashes the foot quickness and toughness to handle slot duties at the next level and lines up all over the field. Dangerous with the ball in his hands.
- Often used on deep routes, getting separation down the sideline or over the middle on crossing routes by extending his arms rather than pure speed.
- Has elite balance tight-roping the sideline and in-and-out of his breaks, showing excellent start-stop ability and burst.
- Does not have exceptional straight-line speed but takes advantage of open seams when his quarterback is on target.
- Does not possess top breakaway speed, though he's rarely caught from behind.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Walley isn’t going to make contested catches.
- His ability to track the ball is good enough, but Walley too often let the ball get into his body downfield rather than snatching it with his hands.
- He also had problems with drops when coming back to the action. He has some issues against press coverage, sometimes spending too much time hand fighting at the line of scrimmage.
- Walley also lacks suddenness as a route runner, and that is a potential issue at the next level.
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