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2021 NFL Draft film breakdown: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Looking at the Alabama wide receiver

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Recently a discussion was had among Big Blue View writers regarding wide receiver options at the 11th spot in the upcoming draft. Fun was had by all. In the process, I made the case for Alabama wide out Jaylen Waddle as perhaps the explosive, vertical presence that could contribute in a huge way for the New York Giants next season.

Allow me to elaborate.

A number of things stand out watching Waddle on film. His burst as an athlete, the pace to his routes, and his ability to sell defenders on breaks and erase leverage advantages. Waddle is the rare type of receiver who can attack a defender’s leverage in a number of ways, and the playbook coaching points can be just mere recommendations to him. In this video breakdown, you’ll see these traits explode on film:

This is a fascinating wide receiver class, and you can stack the guys at the top any way you like. For my money, Waddle is among the best, and this video highlights the reasons why.