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Jalen Wydermyer 2022 NFL Draft Profile

Jalen Wydermyer 2022 NFL Draft Profile

The 2022 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Jalen Wydermyer 2022 NFL Draft Profile.

Jalen Wydermyer Background

Position: Tight End

Size: 6-foot-5, 255 pounds

Class: Junior

2021 stats: 40 receptions, 515 receiving yards, four touchdowns, 12.9 yards per reception

Wydermyer has made an impact at Texas A&M for three seasons. Now, he is preparing for a life in the NFL after entering the 2022 NFL Draft.

He was a four-star prospect who decided to stay in-state and play for the Aggies. As a freshman, Wydermyer made an immediate impact with 32 receptions for 447 receiving yards and six touchdowns. The Aggies won eight games including the Texas Bowl that season. He improved his production in a COVID-shortened 2020 season with 46 receptions for 506 yards and six touchdowns. Texas A&M won nine games, finishing the season off with a win in the Orange Bowl following the 2020 season. Wydermyer led the Aggies to another eight-win season in 2021 behind his 40 receptions for 515 yards and four touchdowns.

Following the season, Wydermyer declared his intention to take his game to the next level. He is projected to be a second-day pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Jalen Wydermyer Strengths

Wydermyer has a great frame for an NFL tight end. He stands at 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, which is a great starting point for a prospect. His size makes him tough to match up with for linebackers and safeties. He also has a great catch radius and that is partially due to his frame. Wydermyer could add some strength, but he looks like he has a frame that can handle extra muscle.

With his good frame, Wydermyer has good run after the catch ability. He has good vision and uses his strength to stay on his feet. Wydermyer keeps his feet moving and is hard to tackle, helping him take decent gains and turn them into bigger ones.

His hands are very good, as Wydermyer rarely had focus drops. On top of that, he has plenty of contested catches on tape. He can also go up and high-point the ball over defenders. If a ball is thrown off frame, Wydermyer has shown the ability to haul those in as well and he even shows good body control while making catches near the sideline.

Jalen Wydermyer Weaknesses

Wydermyer showed he could block inside linebackers and defensive backs. but was asked to block defensive linemen and 3-4 outside linebackers too much. He didn’t show the ability to handle these players in one on one situations. That is a common theme for several tight ends, but Wydermyer can improve his technique to win more of these matchups.

He isn’t the greatest athlete. Wydermyer has questionable longspeed and doesn’t change direction well. He is a solid security blanket and jump ball catcher, but may not be much more at the next level. His pro day workout was not great and really hurt his draft stock.

His route running can also be improved. While he finds soft spots against zone coverage, he needs to run his routes crisper. This is hard for him, as he needs to gear down to change directions. Working on selling his routes will help him create more separation.

Projected Draft Range: Fifth Round Pick-Undrafted Free Agent

 

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