Jaelen Strong is ... well ... a "strong" wide receiver prospect and could be the first in that next tier after the "big three" to come off the board. He's got size in droves. We've all talked about the need to provide Eli Manning with a big target down the field. Well, could Strong realistically drop down to 40? Let's take a closer look:
- He's 6-foot-2, 217 but plays like he's 6-5, 240. To say he wins vertically is an understatement. 42-inch vertical.
- Adept at separating at the catch point. Can box out defenders and consistently win jump balls.
- Soft hands with a huge catch radius.
- Good route variety at ASU and runs them reasonably well
- Powerful after the catch
- Not a quick twitch athlete/mediocre acceleration
- Won't win during the route and that can disrupt timing
- He doesn't have deep speed even though he tested well at the combine
Does He Fit With The Giants?
Yes, as a "Z" receiver that can stretch the field and catch contested balls. He's a victim of inconsistency and that won't help him, especially as he runs routes but Eli Manning would like a nice big target to throw to. He reminds me a bit of Rueben Randle.
Big Board Rankings
Big Blue View - 27
Mocking The Draft - 34
CBS Sports - 20
Draft Tek - 28
I said above that he reminds me of Rueben Randle. Think of him as Randle with a bigger catch radius, a sort of mix between Randle and Kelvin Benjamin. None of those guys are sudden. They are long-striders with big inconsistencies but are capable of some jaw dropping catches. Watch Randle in the second game against Philadelphia in 2014. That's who I think Jaelen Strong can be, and if that's the case, he's a first-round pick, probably late-first round, in my book.