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Jaylen Waddle - NFL Draft


Leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, we will track where Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jaylen Waddle appears on the latest NFL mock drafts.

Jaylen Waddle NFL Mock Drafts

Here are some of the latest mock drafts in which Jaylen Waddle has appeared:

EDSFootball - Hanson (3/5)

6. Philadelphia Eagles - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Waddle is one of the most explosive athletes in the draft and is dynamic in the open field. With Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs off to the NFL in 2020, Waddle started the year with four 100-yard games before breaking his ankle. In fact, Waddle (557 receiving yards) outproduced DeVonta Smith (483) through the first four games of the season. It's certainly possible that the Eagles brass have Waddle ranked higher than Smith on their board.

ESPN - McShay (3/4)

11. New York Giants - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The Giants have to give this offense more to work with. They were one of four teams to average fewer than five yards per play last season, and their 5.9 yards per pass attempt ranked No. 29. However, Waddle's 18.9 yards per catch over the past two seasons ranked eighth in the country. There isn't a more dangerous player with the ball in his hands in the draft class, thanks to excellent top-end speed, vision and elusiveness. And I hope Nick Saban has been glued to his TV because that's four straight Alabama players off the board, including two first-round receivers for the second time in two years.

Jordan Raanan on his fit with the Giants: Waddle can immediately slot into the Giants' three-receiver sets alongside Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. He would essentially step into the role that the recently released Golden Tate played last season but provide a big-play ability that the offense was missing. Plus, Waddle would contribute immediately on special teams as a returner.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (3/3)

6. Philadelphia Eagles - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Let's see how the Jalen Hurts experiment goes in Philadelphia. He'll have a nice collection of young and fast receivers if this is the pick on draft night.

The Athletic - Beat Writers (3/1)

7. Detroit Lions - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

A trade might be the most productive move for the Lions as they start rebuilding and don't have to be in a rush to take a quarterback if they're not 100 percent sure about him. It'll be on the table, though. Overall, the Lions offense needs more speed. Waddle is as dangerous as it gets with the ball in his hands. He can be a threat over the top, underneath, maybe even a factor in the run game if new head coach Dan Campbell and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn want to get creative. -- Nick Baumgardner

Touchdown Wire - Farrar (2/26)

11. New York Giants - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said in January that it's his goal to surround quarterback Daniel Jones with more playmakers, and if this is the way the draft falls, Gettleman could do far worse than selecting Waddle with the eleventh overall pick.

Yeah, one wrong move with this guy, and you'll be eating his dust. Waddle played just six games in 2020 due to an ankle injury, but he still posted 28 catches for 591 yards and four touchdowns. A ridiculously explosive player on everything from sweep handoffs to deep posts, Waddle caught five of six targets of 20 or more air yards for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The only question here would be whether Daniel Jones could hit those deep posts (especially under pressure), but any offensive coordinator should be able to find ways for Waddle to blow opposing defenses up.

NFL.com - Casserly (2/25)

11. New York Giants - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Big Blue's offense looks a lot different with a healthy Saquon Barkley and Waddle on the field.

MLive.com - Meinke (2/25)

11. New York Giants - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

The injury hurt him last year, but he's a staggering talent when healthy. Waddle racked up 17 touchdowns in 34 career games, averaged 18.9 yards per catch, and ranked inside the top five in the country in yards per route (3.64) and yards after the catch (11.5) the last two seasons according to PFF.

San Diego Union Tribune (2/24)

6. Philadelphia Eagles - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Is it me or does it seem like the Eagles are always in need of help at receiver? I don't suspect Waddle's broken ankle will impact his draft stock much. He's already healed and was off to an incredible start -- 25 receptions, 557 yards and four touchdowns in four games -- after showing promise as a sophomore receiver and return man. A healthy Waddle is the most explosive all-around athlete at receiver in this class.

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