2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Tylan Wallaceby Mason Thompson January 2, 2021 2 comments
Tylan Wallace has been on the NFL’s radar for some time now. He has had a significant drop in the rankings thanks to other receivers having elite production in this covid-plagued season. In another stacked receiver class, Wallace could be a steal found on day two for a receiver-needy team looking for a number two option outside of their top threat.
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Name: Tylan Wallace
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Oklahoma State
Weight: 185 lbs
Route Tree (8.5/10)
Wallace ran a lot of screens at Oklahoma State. They liked to manufacture him touches behind the line of scrimmage and see what he could do from there. Wallace is a vertical threat on streaks and post routes but can also run a nasty comeback and out route. He didn’t run a variety of different routes, but his technique in and out of his breaks is good enough to say he can translate and run more at the next level.
One of the games watched was Wallace’s 2018 film against Oklahoma. In that game alone, he had three drops. In the other games, he held on to the ball, but the Oklahoma game is still a bit worrisome. He is a hands catcher that doesn’t bobble the ball, and he has that going for him.
Contested Catch (9.5/10)
Despite having a small-ish frame, Wallace is a great contested catch player. He can find the ball in the air and out-muscle the defender that is draped all over him. He wins in jump-ball situations as well.
Wallace is physical. Wallace can choose to run right through you or around you. His lack of elite speed hampers him on screen passes, but he can make a man miss and go the distance in the right situations.
If Wallace runs under a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, that’s a win. His 40-speed isn’t flashy, but he seems to play faster on tape.
Wallace is clean in and out of his breaks. He can quickly change the direction he’s going in an attempt to help out his quarterback.
Wallace isn’t going to win against press coverage. For some reason, he wasn’t tasked with going against press much in college, and he primarily tried to use his quickness to his advantage against the defenders. Oftentimes, he would run up the sideline instead of hand-fighting at the line of scrimmage.
Vertical Receiving (9/10)
Despite not being a burner, one of Wallace’s best traits is his vertical receiving game. He uses the sideline to his advantage and can win in contested, one-on-one jump balls against the defender. He is savvy by using double moves to work his way downfield and uses that instead of elite speed to make his way downfield.
His short-field speed is great, unlike his long speed. He is physical at the catch-point and can win jump ball situations with ease. Oklahoma State sent him in motion a lot and was tasked with beating the defense by using his short-speed and physicality.
Wallace was the lead-blocker in the screen game on the outside. He was better in this regard than as a run blocker, surprisingly.
A non-contact knee injury in his junior year in 2019. Core muscle injury in practice this year. Knee problems the last two years at Oklahoma State.
Wallace is an intriguing option on day two of the draft. He will need a showing at the combine to improve his draft stock in a loaded receiver class. He will primarily be used as an outside receiver that wins in one-on-one contested-catch situations but can win on his quick burst and sudden route-running as well. His medical history could also cause him to slip a little in April’s draft due to his knee problems. If needed, Wallace could be placed in the slot, as well, to work against linebackers and slot cornerbacks, where his physicality will work in his favor.
Final Grade (83/100): Late-Second Round
Player Comp: Curtis Samuel
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