Wide Receiver is arguably Baltimore’s biggest need heading into this offseason. Drafting a wideout with one of their early picks would not be out of the realm of possibilities.
Even with some extra hype leading up to the Senior Bowl and an impressive performance in Mobile, Tylan Wallace is still sitting at around a 3rd round draft grade. Wallace is one of my favorite receivers outside of the clear first-rounders mostly because of his ability to catch almost anything thrown to him.
Tylan Wallace didn't drop a pass with a step or more of separation last season (60 targets) pic.twitter.com/E5rjqfpXoa— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) March 10, 2021
Wallace’s pass-catching abilities are behind most of his success, considering he’s 5’11” with a 4.39 40-yard dash. He’s aggressive at the catch point and extremely talented when it comes to getting to the pass at the perfect time.
Here are some of his best plays:
Wallace displays all of his talents on this play. The route running is clean, making the cornerback bite on the slant fake, before accelerating towards the endzone. As soon as he gets his defender with the double move, he turns towards his quarterback and finds the ball, all while keeping his momentum going. When the ball finally gets to him, Wallace times his jump and attacks the ball perfectly. This play may not seem special, but it is Wallace’s fluidity here that is so impressive. All of his moves come naturally, including the route and especially the catch.
TYLAN WALLACE WAS NOT GOING TO BE STOPPED!!! pic.twitter.com/iyUaRA3H6e— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) October 26, 2019
This guy has some sneaky explosiveness to him, as well. His good tendencies continue here. Wallace isn’t afraid of the defenders. Instead, he accelerates towards the first down line before any of the defenders can get to him. Wallace’s body control is pretty impressive as well, especially with how easily he breaks the tackle attempt.
This play may seem like a mistake by the defender, but the real reason this ends up being a touchdown is Wallace’s perfect timing on the jump.
Lamar Jackson is not the most accurate quarterback in the league, so a big body receiver that can catch almost any pass is perfect for this team. In his last 3 season, Wallace racked up more than 3,000 receiving yards, 205 receptions, and 26 touchdowns.
The receiver group is going to go through a lot of changes this offseason. Drafting Tylan Wallace would undoubtedly improve the passing game, as well as diversifying it.