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Tylan Wallace is a perfect fit for Washington’s system

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2021 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the WFT

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Tylan Wallace, WR
School: Oklahoma State | Conference: Big 12
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6’0” / 190 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Rounds 2-3

College Statistics

Player Overview

Tylan Wallace was one of the top WRs in Texas history coming out of high school, accumulating over 3,700 and 48 TDs. As a freshman at Oklahoma State, Wallace played in all 13 games, taking snaps at wide receiver as well as returning punts and playing on the kickoff unit.

During his sophomore season, in 2018, Wallace had his breakout year. He put up nearly 1,500 yards, including a Power 5 leading 66 first down receptions, and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (presented to the best WR in the country), receiving first team All America recognition from the Sporting News. He also managed a second team Academic All Big 12 selection.

Wallace missed half of the 2019 season due to knee injury, but still garnered second team Big 12 honors, averaging just under 113 yards per game in the contests where he did play. He came back in 2020, collecting over 900 yards and 7 TDs in a COVID shortened season, but did experience knee and groin injuries intermittently throughout. He was invited to the Senior Bowl, and took part in the practices, but did not play in the game.

Strengths

  • Great fit for the Air Coryell system as Z receiver.
  • Fast enough (4.39 at his pro day; 4.45 elsewhere).
  • Plays much bigger than his size.
  • Excellent hands, routinely wins 50/50 balls.
  • A willing blocker in the run game.
  • Played best against toughest competition.

Weaknesses

  • Had an ACL injury in 2019 and missed several games.
  • Can have trouble with press coverage.
  • Doesn’t have much deep burst.

Let’s See His Work

How He Would Fit

For some reason, I hadn’t dug into Wallace much, despite him routinely being available around the time of Washington’s second round pick in many of the mock drafts I’d run. It didn’t take much exposure to his film to get excited about the prospects of him lining up alongside Terry and Curtis Samuel.

Scout comparisons of his gameplay to Brandon Aiyuk’s only amped things up further. There are injury knee concerns about Wallace - his twin brother, Tracin, had his career ended early by them - but if Wallace passes the medical screening, he’s right there with Terrace Marshall as a top WR target for me in the second round.

With Terry locked in at the X receiver position, and Samuel ideally suited to the slot WR position, Wallace at the Z in Scott Turner’s Air Coryell system is a perfect fit, and would give Washington three sub-4.5 (possibly sub-4.4) WRs in 2021, transforming a lethargic offense into an explosive one in a single offseason.

Poll

Where would you draft Tylan Wallace?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    First round.
    (5 votes)
  • 15%
    Second round.
    (85 votes)
  • 62%
    Third round.
    (339 votes)
  • 21%
    Not interested.
    (116 votes)
545 votes total Vote Now