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PRO 2021 Rookie Spotlight: Tylan Wallace, WR Oklahoma State

Tylan Wallace, WR Oklahoma State
Height: 6’0″ (unofficial)
Weight: 185 (unofficial)
Hand:
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40-yard dash: 4.49 (projected)
NFL Comparison: Steve Smith

Pros

– precocious, broke out big-time at age 19
– extremely coordinated with great hands
– excellent at adjusting to and framing ball in flight
– has that dog in him, fearless
– big-play threat
– plays with a physicality not common for his size
– 2020 Walter Camp All-American, Biletnikoff semifinalist

Cons

– had his best season as a sophomore in 2018
– somewhat slight in size/stature
– can get bullied against press in initial stems
– played versus a lot of bad Big 12 corners
– air raid scheme in college, some questions about route-running precision

College Production Score: .32

2020 Market Share Team Receptions: 29%

2020 Market Share Team Receiving Yards: 35%

2020 Market Share Team Receiving TDs: 33%

4-star recruit, Top 150 nationally per 247 Composite (2017)

Scouting Notes: Wallace is a big-play receiver who plays with the physicality and grit of a much larger outside weapon. He broke onto the scene early in his OSU career, and there were questions about whether Wallace would leave for the 2020 NFL draft last year. Wallace and teammate RB Chuba Hubbard both, somewhat surprisingly opted to return to Stillwater for a final season under HC Mike Gundy. Unfortunately, neither had seasons which caused their draft stocks to rise in any significant fashion, and, in Hubbard’s case, it actually fell. Wallace is one of the best yards-after-catch receivers of the last two draft classes, not quite in the mold of Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk, Ja’Marr Chase, Ceedee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy, but more dynamic in the open field than the likes of Laviska Shenault in 2019, Henry Ruggs in 2109 or Amon-Ra St. Brown in 2020. Counterintuitively for a 185-ish pound receiver, he does it through yards after first contact. 33.07% of Wallace’s yards in 2020 came AFTER he had been first contacted by a defender with the ball in his hands! Even though he is stout in this area, Wallace can get bullied against press coverage off the line of scrimmage, and needs to work on his initial stems and hand-counters. It should be noted however that according to PFF, Wallace only faced press coverage on 60 of his 257 routes-run in 2020 (among the lowest percentage of P5 qualifiers, and especially so for a player who was not used primarily out of the slot, and has all the looks of an outside, stretch-Z type at the next level). With more practice, there is no reason to think he can not improve in this aspect of his game, but is a leak to be noted. Senior Bowl practices will be very big in our ability to monitor his development in this realm. Wallace has terrific hands as evidenced by his mere three drops on 61 catchable targets in 2020. All said, his big-play ability coupled with a fearless alpha mentality and ability to create in the open-field after-contact is reminiscent of Steve Smith.

Fantasy Outlook: Dynasty rookie draft ADPs are only really starting to shape up, but Wallace is looking like he’ll likely be a mid-to-late second round pick in 12 team, 1QB drafts. As mentioned previously, the Senior Bowl will surely have an effect on Wallace’s stock among the dynasty community, so we’ll very likely be updating this section when and if pertinent, but depending on landing spot, Wallace could be an excellent addition with your second rookie-draft pick in 2021.

FROM THE OKLAHOMA STATE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace has been named to the 2020 Walter Camp All-America team, announced Thursday by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Wallace, who was named to the second team this season, was also a second-team honoree on the 2018 Walter Camp All-America team. He was named to the AFCA All-America team last week and is the 14th OSU football player to earn All-America honors in multiple seasons. He is the first since kicker/punter Quinn Sharp became a three-time All-America selection from 2010-12.

The All-America recognition in this season marks the 24th time since 2008 that an Oklahoma State football player has earned a spot on one of the recognized All-America teams. It also marks the fourth-consecutive season that at least one Cowboy has earned the honor.

A 2020 semifinalist for the Biletnikoff, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose and Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Awards, Wallace finished the season as the Big 12 leader in receiving yards with 922 on the year. He also led the conference with 5.9 receptions per game and 92.2 receiving yards per game.

With a career average of 78.0 receiving yards per game, Wallace ranks No. 1 among all active FBS players in 2020. His 14 career 100-yard receiving games also mark the most of any active player this season.

In the OSU record books, Wallace wrapped up his career ranked fifth in school history in receptions (205), receiving yards (3,434) and 100-yard receiving games (14). He also finished sixth with 26 receiving touchdowns.

The Walter Camp All-America team is the nation’s oldest All-America team, and the 2020 team marks the 131st edition. Players are selected by the 130 FBS head coaches and sports information directors.

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