This group of wide receivers entering the 2021 NFL Draft is deep and rankings are going to be all over the place. One guy you need to pay attention to is Tylan Wallace, the stud wide receiver from Oklahoma State. The four-year starter has a great opportunity to be a big-time player in the NFL. Let us dive into the Tylan Wallace rookie profile.
At the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl, Wallace measured in at 5’11”, 193 lbs. He has some big hands which were measured at 9.5″ and he was just clocked at the EXOS Training Camp running a 4.39 40-yard dash! That is not slow. He may not be the tallest wide receiver, but he plays big and plays strong. He primarily lined up outside, but his senior season started working from the slot more often.
Wallace came to Oklahoma State as a 4-star prospect out of Fort Worth, Texas. He was the 17th ranked wide receiver in the nation and an All-American. His freshman year in Stillwater was more of an adjustment period as he only had seven total catches, but his sophomore year (2018) is when he blew up. He went for 86 catches, 1,491 yards, and 12 TDs. He led the Big 12 in receiving yards, he had the 2nd most receiving yards in the nation and was a First-Team All-American.
An ACL tear limited him to only playing nine games in his junior year, but still caught 53 balls for 903 yards. In this past COVID-19 shortened 2020 year, his senior season, Wallace led the Big 12 in receiving yards (922) and was 2nd in the conference in receptions. According to PFF, he grades out overall as the 6th best wide receiver in the nation and since 2018 has the 2nd most receptions of over 15 yards (73) and the most contested catches (43) in the nation!
He may not be the tallest, but when you play as big as he does, it does not matter. He has solid acceleration, as noted by his 4.39 40-yard dash. Wallace plays through defenders, not around him. He knows that he is not a burner and plays accordingly by running solid routes and using his body to shield defenders as is noted by his insanely high contested catch total. He primarily played outside, but I think in an NFL offense with his size and physicality, he would be an ideal slot receiver. With that quick burst, strong body control, and tough running, he will not fear slants against NFL LB and Safeties. Wallace is also an above-average run blocker and you can see by the video below that he is not afraid to lay the lumber.
Without having a combine this year, we will have to rely on many different sources that we may be unfamiliar with when it comes to evaluating players. Oklahoma State timed Wallace at 4.45, but at the EXOS camp, he ran a 4.39. Is it possible? Sure. He also is not the tallest, but he makes up for it with strong hands and strong play. The area that Wallace truly needs to get better at is creating separation. One would think with a sub-4.4 speed that would not be an issue, but he has consistently been pushed into press coverage and he has issues at times getting off the defender. Maybe that is why he has become so great at contested catches because he cannot shake them off. NFL cornerbacks should present him some challenges, but if he is playing against a zone coverage then he will eat all day.
NFL Draft Possibilities
This is an incredibly deep wide receiver class. There is a variety of talent from speedsters to giants, but I think Wallace has created himself a nice niche. He is not the tallest or fastest, but he is reliable. He also had a breakout age of 19.3 which is in the top 84% of all players. I have him currently as my WR6 in the 2021 NFL Draft class. In mock drafts, he is all over the place. I have seen him as high as a 2nd round pick and then to the 5th round. In my opinion, he is a day 2 pick, no question. I also think that depending on the landing spot, that he could see some significant playing time to start his career. With teams that require a wide receiver, I could see Wallace fitting easily with the Bengals, Dolphins, and Packers.
I am not going to mock him to the Eagles, like every talking head out there, but a dream location for me for Wallace would be Kansas City. Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, and Byron Pringle are all free agents in 2021. With the speed and field-stretching ability that Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman bring, Wallace would fit in perfectly as that tough, possession receiver.
Wallace may not have the awards and pedigree as some of the other wide receivers in this 2021 NFL draft class, but he will have a very solid career in the NFL and will carry fantasy value. He does bring with him some injury concerns, but he plays big, physical, and tough. The 40-yard dash he ran should help him move up some draft boards.
Making comps in the off-season is so much fun. I know some people hate it, but it is fun to think of what kind of player your prospect could turn into. They usually are not that close, but I am throwing one out there to give you an overall sense of how I see Wallace’s playstyle, his size, and physicality. He reminds me of Steeler legend, Hines Ward, who could catch, block, and run through anyone. Enjoy that visual and do not forget to comment about how wrong…or right I am!
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