The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Tylan Wallace 2021 NFL Draft Profile.
Tylan Wallace Background
Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 5-foot-11, 194 pounds
2020 stats: 59 receptions, 922 receiving yards, 6 touchdowns, 15.6 yards per catch
Wallace was a candidate to enter the 2020 NFL Draft, but an ACL tear ended his 2019 season prematurely. Now he is a member of the 2021 NFL Draft Class.
In high school, Wallace was a four-star prospect who decided to leave the state of Texas to play for Oklahoma State. He played in a limited role as a freshman with seven receptions for 118 yards. For his sophomore season, Wallace stepped his game up with 86 receptions for 1,491 yards and 12 touchdowns. He helped the Cowboys go 7-6 on the year, which ended with a win in the Liberty Bowl. As a junior, Wallace had 53 receptions for 903 yards and eight touchdowns. Oklahoma State’s record improved to 8-5, but Wallace was only able to play in nine games before tearing his ACL. He decided to return to campus for the 2020 season and had 59 receptions for 922 yards and six touchdowns on the year. The Cowboys went 8-3 with a win over Miami in the Cheez-It Bowl to end the season.
After spending four seasons in Stillwater, Wallace has proven his worth and that he can overcome injury. He is now projected to be a second to fourth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Wallace isn’t the biggest receiver, but he plays very physically. He can beat corners who try to manhandle him and he fights through it. When the ball is in the air, he goes up and attacks the catch point while dealing with contact from defensive backs. He also shows his physicality by running hard once the ball is in his hands.
He is a big play threat for a variety of reasons. Wallace can win jump balls with his good leaping ability and physicality at the catch point. He does solidly at slipping past receivers on deep routes. Once he is deep and the ball is in the air, Wallace tracks the ball well. After he hauls a pass in, whether it be on a deep play or a shorter route, Wallace does a good job at running after the catch.
His route-running is solid, as he has good footwork and quickness. He can start and stop quickly, which helps him break in and out of his cuts. His route-tree isn’t totally diverse, but he runs a decent number of routes. Wallace is also a quarterback-friendly target, as he presents a big target to throw to and even does a good job of fighting for the football when it is off of his frame.
The measurables aren’t great for Wallace. He is just 5-foot-11 and 194 pounds, which is smaller for an outside receiver. Wallace could stand to add some play strength to help match his physical play style. He also has shorter arms at 30.375 inches, which limits his catch radius, despite his jumping ability.
Wallace does play physically, but he does struggle against corners with good length. This is because they can usually press him well and they have the arms to combat him at the catch point. He’ll need to work on his releases to beat press coverage at the start of the play. Adding strength could help him be even more effective at the catch point.
His hands could stand to be more reliable. He has some focus drops on tape and needs to haul the ball in before turning to run after the catch. Wallace is great catching in traffic, but needs to keep that same focus when he is open.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Fourth Round Pick
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