Another Crimson Tide receiver looking to get selected alongside teammate DeVonta Smith (and to follow in the footsteps of Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy who were top 15 picks last year). Jaylen is a smooth runner with top-end speed and great playmaking ability (especially impressive after the catch). "Waddle, one of the fastest prospects in this draft, could be the go-to target in new (Eagles) coach Nick Sirianni's offense," ESPN's Mel Kiper is quoted as saying. "He was one of college football's most electric receivers over the past three seasons, even if he was overshadowed at times by teammates Henry Ruggs. Some players and coaches think Waddle is even faster than former Alabama WR Henry Ruggs (mentioned above). With a 4.27 second forty-yard dash, Ruggs is one of the fastest players in the NFL.
One surprising area about Waddle’s game is that, despite his small size, his highlights include an array of circus catches where he uses his freakish athletic ability to loft himself into the air downfield managing to beat DBs who are much taller than him.
In college, he was rarely challenged by corners - who usually played with a big cushion while trying to defend him. This is unlikely to be the case in the pro's where he is likely to be pressed on a regular basis and we have no idea how he will react
He has added value on returns where he can be an immediate threat. Had limited tape for 2020 after suffering an ankle injury that required surgery in October.
He is viewed as top 15 pick with some viewing him as the next Tyreek Hill.
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