Teams are always looking to add more weapons to their passing game and there is no lack of options at the wide receiver position in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Tylan Wallace. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the two-time, first-team All-Big Ten honoree from Oklahoma State.
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Tylan Wallace Draft Profile
College: Oklahoma State
An acrobat downfield, Wallace is a big-play threat who plays much bigger than his size at the catch point. He’s a twitched-up mover, with the quickness to win early in the route. When he gets the ball in his hands early in the down, he’s a slippery runner who packs more power than you’d think for a receiver his size. When working downfield, he’s excellent tracking the ball and has the rare body control and flexibility to adjust for the difficult catch. He does a nice job subtly battling downfield, with the hand-fighting and little push-offs to help create late separation. He attacks the ball in contested-catch situations.
There are size concerns, especially connected to durability. Medicals will be key after he suffered an ACL tear in October 2019, although he did come back and have a productive 2020. He’ll have to prove he can handle press coverage against bigger, more physical defensive backs in the NFL.
He’s the kind of big-play threat who can become a functional No. 1 receiver even if he doesn’t look like the prototype.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd round
(Top photo courtesy by Bruce Waterfield/OSU Athletics)