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Tylan Wallace NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Baltimore Ravens WR

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

TCU cornerback Tre'vius Hodges-Tomlinson breaks up a pass intended for Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace (2) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
Ron Jenkins/Associated Press


HEIGHT:
 5'11 3/8"

WEIGHT: 194


POSITIVES

—Very good route-runner with good body control. Consistently shows good footwork to turn tight on route tops and stays friendly to the QB on route angles. Has a good understanding of route intent.

—Shows the ability to consistently bend and sink on his routes. Not explosive, but a smooth mover who always operates efficiently.

—Very good hands, can adjust his body for the ball and has the hand-eye coordination to come down with it. Able to consistently high-point throws above him and is comfortable extending. Consistently maximizes his body length with his catching range and can make the spectacular catch happen.

—Consistently plays with toughness, adequate strength and good balance. Able to fight through contact and continue routes unimpeded. Doesn't try to make guys miss and is comfortable trying to run over defenders after the catch.

—Competitive player who gives everything he has and attacks every 50-50 ball like it's his. 

—Valid weapon in the red zone due to his catching range and feel for finding soft space in tight zones. 

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NEGATIVES

—Does not create many yards after the catch and doesn't display the lateral shiftiness or explosiveness to make defenders miss with the ball in his hands. Puts his head down and takes what's given.

—Has snaps of struggling to get off physical press coverage.

—Appears to be maxed out physically and athletically. Has shorter arms and not a lot of frame to grow.

 

2020 STATISTICS

59 rec., 922 yards, 15.6 avg., 6 TD

 

NOTES

—Has a twin brother who was also an Oklahoma State player but retired because of injuries.

      

OVERALL

Tylan Wallace is an efficient WR who plays a confident and measured game while primarily getting his production on the outside in college. Wallace shows his competitiveness and toughness in his play as he attacks every throw in the air and has no qualms with attempting to barrel a defender over with the ball in his hands.

He is not an overwhelming athlete, instead maximizing the traits that he has and winning with his body control, polished footwork and displaying his hand-eye coordination and catching range with throws away from his body (and sometimes over a defender.) Wallace didn't run a truly extended route tree at Oklahoma State, but on the routes he was asked to do, he showed polish and subtle understanding on things like staying tight on route tops and being friendly to the QB when breaking on routes.

Wallace worked primarily from the outside, but his body control and route running capabilities should translate to working from the slot. Wallace is not dynamic with the ball in his hands and does not create a ton of yards after the catch, instead preferring to cover the ball like a fullback and getting north. He also had some struggles versus press, and his maxed-out frame will limit the amount of strength he can add.

Overall, Wallace projects as an inside-and-out No. 3-type WR with the upside of a solid No. 2 Z who brings a solid and polished skill set and contributes to efficient football because of his polish, toughness and understanding of the game. 

GRADE: 7.8/10 (2nd round)

OVERALL RANK: 52/300

POSITION RANK: WR9

PRO COMPARISON: Cooper Kupp

Written by B/R NFL Scout Nate Tice