Rookie Profile – Jaylen Waddle Sample

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Jaylen Waddle - WR - University of Alabama

Welcome to the rookie profile for Jaylen Waddle. A home run threat every time he touches the ball. Waddle is a highly debated prospect in many circles mainly due to his strange profile in both analytics and film. One thing that both sides can agree on we all wish we got to see how the 2020 season would have played out for Waddle.

Measurables

Age: 22

Height: 5′ 9″

Weight: 180 lbs

40-yard dash: DNP

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: DNP

Broad Jump: DNP

Bench Press: DNP

Analytics

College DOM College YPR College Target % Breakout Age
24.1%
21.1
12.8%
21.8

Credit: Playerprofiler.com

College Stats

Receiving Formation
Year
Team
Class
GP
Rec
Yds
YPC
TD
Snaps
Slot Snaps
Wide Snaps
2018
Alabama
Fr.
15
45
848
18.8
7
436
319
113
2019
Alabama
So.
13
33
560
17.0
6
293
264
23
2020
Alabama
Jr.
6
28
591
17.0
3
242
147
91
College Career

Waddle was recruited to the University of Alabama as a 4-star recruit out of high school. Throughout college, he was surrounded by NFL talent with names such as Jeudy, Ruggs, D. Smith, Irv Smith, Jacobs, and Harris. As a true freshman Waddle was primed to be the next dynamic receiver out of the University of Alabama. 

In 2018, he was second behind Jerry Jeudy in receiving yards and accumulating over 100 yards more than the next closest receiver. This is particularly impressive when noting that in 2018 he only had one more reception than Irv Smith Jr., three more receptions than DeVonta Smith, and one less reception than Henry Ruggs. In his sophomore year, Waddle takes an apparent step back as Smith emerges as the new leading receiver in Alabama’s loaded WR room.

Finally, the 2020 season begins and it is just Waddle and Smith left to lead the wide receiver room. Through the first 4 games, Waddle was outpacing Smith in yards and on pace for an incredible season. Unfortunately, he suffered a high ankle sprain and a fracture to his right ankle during the kickoff of the Tennessee game. He made a brief return in the National Championship game but acted mainly as a decoy when on the field. Waddle’s regular season-ending injury has left many to only speculate what his final season could have been for the Tide.

Scouting Report

Positives:

Waddle is absolutely dynamic whenever he touches the ball with an exciting second gear. He possesses exceptional top speed and can get there instantly. He runs solid routes, but his best weapon in creating separation is his speed and acceleration. On top of his speed, he can stop on a dime and change direction. The slightest change of direction at that speed is enough to manipulate defenders and causing them to miss. At 5’9” and 210 lbs, he is not the biggest receiver, but he showed the ability on film to get vertical and make contested catches. Not only that, he showed the ability to make any catch. Whether that is an over-the-shoulder catch and tracking the ball, adjusting to the throw, catching the ball on the sideline keeping both feet in, or with a defender draped over him. Waddle also showed great versatility by lining up in the slot, some on the outside, and returning both kicks and punts. He was dynamic in the return game showing off his home run speed, acceleration, and elusiveness. 

Negatives:

The lack of production his Sophomore year leading into the injury his Junior year is a real concern. We haven’t seen him back at 100% and won’t see him run before the draft since he did not participate in Alabama’s pro day. Landing spot will be key for Waddle because he is a player that could easily be pigeonholed into only being used as a slot receiver, a gadget guy, or only as a deep threat when he can easily do each of those things exceptionally well. Waddle also would sometimes struggle with press coverage and get knocked off his route when a defender plays him physically. Playing in the slot at the next level, this shouldn’t be a high concern. However, most incoming wide receive