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2021 NFL Draft Jaylen Waddle Profile

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Welcome to the 2021 NFL Draft Profile for Jaylen Waddle. I’m excited as we get to take a look at a key prospect on the offensive side of the ball.

This is one of many articles that will break down the college career of the draft class as well as project how they will fit in the NFL.

Jaylen Waddle was one of the most explosive players two seasons ago in a loaded WR group at Alabama.

He missed most of 2020 with an ankle injury, taking a back seat in any scouts minds to DeVonta Smith.

2021 NFL Draft Jaylen Waddle Profile

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Collegiate Career

Overview

Waddle is a former four-star recruit who was heavily recruited by Alabama and was the 39th overall player on the 2247 Sports 2018 recruiting big board.

Waddle has multiple accolades at the collegiate level. Just a few of them are:

  • SEC Freshman of the year (2018)
  • SEC Special Team player of the year (2019)
  • First-Team SEC in 2019

Stats

Waddle played two full seasons at Alabama before getting hurt his Junior year and declaring for the draft.

His freshman season was his best. Waddle was electric in both the passing game and the return game, compiling 1,081 total yards with eight touchdowns.

Waddle finished his career at Alabama with 106 catches, 1,999 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also added 947 return yards, scoring twice.

Tale of the Tape

Waddle is an electric playmaker that offensives can build around and has the goods to be an alpha No. 1.

He is not the biggest WR in the draft (5’10”, 182) but his acceleration is what separates him from the other WRs in this class.

Waddle is also a polished route runner. This allows him to line up anywhere on the field with confidence.

A weapon in the special teams department, Waddle was a dangerous punt returner for Alabama and can easily flip the field in the pros.

His biggest asset is his playmaking ability with the ball in his hands. He combines game-breaking speed with the ability to change gears in an instant making him a YAC monster.

Draft Projections

There are a number of teams that can use a weapon like Waddle, let alone a top-notch WR.

He should be the second or third WR drafted with the only sure thing to go ahead of him being Ja’Marr Chase. I can see him going in the 10-15 range of the draft.

A team like the Chargers (opposite Keenan Allen)  at 13 or Minnesota  (opposite Justin Jefferson) at 14 makes sense.

Conclusion

It would not surprise me to see him land in the top ten and be the second WR taken.

He should have an instant impact in the NFL, which will lead to year one success at the fantasy level.

Waddle slots into the upper half of dynasty WRs no matter which team drafts him.

His value will be higher in PPR leagues, but he a threat to take it to the house on any play. In dynasty rookie drafts, he is my WR2 and slots in the top 5 in not super flex drafts.


Be sure to check out the Fantasy Six Pack 2021 Fantasy Football Mock Draft

About Jon Witt

Buffalo Boy born and raised. He loves his Buffalo sports unconditionally, despite them driving him nuts more often than not. Bleeds Dodgers Blue during the summer and wishes he had an NBA team. Plays all sorts of fantasy sports, has been for a very long time. Hit him up @JPW2542 with any comments or questions.

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