Jalen Wayne Summer Scouting Report

Background

NAME: Jalen Wayne

POSITION: WR

SCHOOL: South Alabama

HEIGHT: 6’2″

WEIGHT: 203

CLASS: 6SR

HOMETOWN: Spanish Fort, AL

HIGH SCHOOL: Spanish Fort

DOB: 5/13/1999

GAMES WATCHED: Southern Miss, UL Monroe

Career Stats

  • 2017 (12 games): 5 targets with 3 receptions for 53 yards. 1 rushing attempt for 8 yards.
  • 2018 (4 games): 1 target. 3 rushing attempts for 25 yards.
  • 2019 (9 games): 12 targets with 5 receptions for 62 yards and 2 TDs. 3 drops.
  • 2020 (11 games): 52 targets with 33 receptions for 418 yards and 1 TD. 2 drops, 1 fumble.
  • 2021 (12 games): 80 targets with 53 receptions for 630 yards and 2 TDs. 3 drops, 2 fumbles.

Analysis

While in his 6th year, Wayne was not used much until 2020, and even then his use has been very limited. He can line up anywhere on the field: in the slot, out wide, or even in the backfield. From what I have seen is Wayne has really good top end speed. There are moments where he can get over the top of defenses and get open. He also has good route running and footwork. When the ball is in his hands he is shifty and hard to get a hold of. He does a decent job of blocking and being able to hold off his man until the ball carrier is past him. One of the main issues I noticed is that he seems to catch the ball twice at times. I’m interested to see his hand size to know if that is an issue for him. Also the production is not there, but that seems to be because Jalen Tolbert was a crutch for the starting QB and he got most of the targets, even when Wayne would be wide open. I am curious to see if this season can help him improve his draft stock due to him likely being one of the main guys.

Tier: Day 3

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