Sports Media

Jaylen Waddle

(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Jaylen Waddle 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Jaylen Waddle
Jaylen Waddle is one of the most talented players in the 2021 NFL Draft. Read up on his draft profile to see how he translates to the NFL. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Jaylen Waddle 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Jaylen Waddle, the Alabama wide receiver, is one of the most physically gifted prospects heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. Waddle is expected to be taken at the top end of the first round. Waddle is a fantastic talent but what exactly does he bring to the table? Here’s your Vendetta Sports Jaylen Waddle 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Waddle has some red flags but they’re far less than the typical small wide receiver. Sure, Waddle checks in at 5-foot-10, 182, but he plays much stronger than that. Waddle has been hurt in college but it came while returning kicks. I’m not sure you want him doing that at the NFL level despite the fact that he’s elite at that skill set.

There’s a raw skill set to Waddle but it’s also part of what makes him special. He’s also maybe not the most polished route runner either. He also wasn’t asked to run fancy routes at Alabama either. Given his explosion and raw talent, I’m not sure either of these are red flags.

Waddle is a different breed. He’s some sort of alien unicorn super-being. In six games this year, Waddle posted a stat line of 28 receptions for 591 yards and four touchdowns. Yes, that’s a 21.1 yard per catch mark. That’s not normal. That’s not supposed to happen.

Stats don’t always tell the story but they do in this instance. His speed is just on another gear. It’s really the only player I’d even feel comfortable comparing him to Tyreek Hill. Waddle’s speed at least feels on par or comparable. Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, and DeVonta Smith are not as fast or purely explosive as Waddle is.

Waddle can score on any place on the field. He’s a mismatch nightmare. It’s hard to find a corner that’s fast enough to guard him. Waddle creates separation easily and his cuts in and out of breaks look like some sort of a cheat code in Madden. There’s also a power element to his game. His legs are thick and can power through when needed.

Waddle is also the best return specialist in the country. He’s taken two kicks and a punt to the house on a limited number of attempts. Two years ago, Waddle averaged 24.4 yards per kick return and 35 yards per punt return. I don’t know what to tell you. The guy is a nightmare in open space.

I have Jaylen Waddle number two on my wide receiver rankings. Yes, ahead of DeVonta Smith. In fact, I’d probably have Waddle ranked ahead of all of his former Alabama teammates. There’s such a uniqueness to Waddle’s game. He’s undersized but players like this just don’t grow on trees. Waddle is more than just special. He’s one of a kind.


Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

recommended past stories

Devone Achane

Devon Achane 2023 NFL Draft Profile

Devon Achane 2023 NFL Draft Profile Is this the next Chris Johnson? That might be…

Read More
Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger says 49ers went after him in 2022: I’m only Black and Gold

San Francisco 49ers pursued Ben Roethlisberger in 2022 and tried to get him out of…

Read More
ESPN VP fired

ESPN VP Fired After Alleged Sexual Harassment

ESPN VP Fired After Alleged Sexual Harassment ESPN Vice President Rob King has been fired…

Read More
Dave Portnoy

Dave Portnoy Goes Back And Forth With Jeff Goodman On Twitter

Dave Portnoy got into it on Twitter over Big East Basketball. Despite the story of…

Read More