Coming off a 7 catch 118 yard freshman season there wasn’t a lot of expectations for Tylan Wallace heading into his sophomore season. However with more opportunity Wallace broke out during his sophomore season making his freshman totals into his per game average. Now entering his junior year and becoming NFL Draft eligible, Tylan Wallace is starting to generate a lot of buzz.
Where Tylan Wallace Wins
Whenever you watch Tylan Wallace during his sophomore season you’ll see plenty of examples of his catching radius and largely because the Oklahoma State quarterbacks struggled to throw the ball with good accuracy. But working through those issues allows Wallace to show off his body control, soft hands and leaping ability and allow him to come down with some acrobatic catches. Whether it is diving for the ball or going up to win a contested catch, Wallace is able to make catches outside of his frame.
Tylan Wallace isn’t a quick twitch athlete but does possess solid quickness that he uses to burst off the line and out of breaks giving him a step on the defender to help make up for not running the crispest of routes. Wallace can also work well down the field building up speed as he goes as he can get behind defensive backs and then use his body control and leaping ability to go up and make contested catches.
Like most college receivers and especially those from “Air Raid” style systems, Tylan Wallace is not a polished route runner. We’ve seen lately the receivers that have gone on to success early in their NFL careers are those who are better route runners. It also doesn’t help that Wallace isn’t an overly sudden athlete who does show some short area burst but he has to still build up his speed and isn’t going to change directions very closely.
NFL Draft Potential
Some early Mock Drafts have Tylan Wallace going in the late first round but I’m not totally convinced he can go that high. Wallace lacks good speed and quickness but if you can’t run past defenders you better be able to go get the ball in a crowd and he can do that. A lot of these traits are those of a #2 receiver who complements the star receiver. The problem is that those receivers don’t often get drafted in the first round unless they are elite athletes. That means that Wallace has all the makings of a Day 2 pick.