After suffering a torn ACL in November, 2019, Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace shocked many fans and analysts by deciding to return to school for his senior season. In doing so, he was able to reinforce what many had already seen on tape; he is a highly physical player who often plays much bigger than his size (5-foot-11, 193 pounds) and should become an immediate contributor in the NFL.
An explosive breakout sophomore season put Wallace on the map when he erupted for 1,491 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns. Following such a fantastic year, he was a finalist for the 2018 Biletnikoff Award and was voted first-team All-Big 12. The wideout was on pace for another terrific season in 2019 before suffering the aforementioned ACL tear. He returned for his senior season in 2020, where he totaled 922 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 59 catches in only 10 ten games due to a condensed season during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Film Review: Strengths and Weaknesses
The first thing noticed when watching tape on Wallace is that he is exceptionally physical. In jump-ball scenarios, Wallace is typically a safe bet to come away with the ball. He has extremely strong hands and plays a gritty, competitive brand of football. He has plenty of speed to both win vertically and create yards after the catch. His skill set will allow him to be productive both on the interior and outside at the professional level.
While he does have some questions regarding his ability to run the entire route tree, it’s a fair assumption that it is primarily a product of Oklahoma State’s scheme. His physical abilities will allow him to slide in as a starter early in his NFL career and he has a value in the second round of rookie drafts for fantasy managers.
Pro Day Performance
40 Yard Dash: 4.52
Short Shuttle: 4.25
The Baltimore Ravens selected Wallace with the 26th pick in the fourth round, the 131st overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Ravens clearly looked to remake the wide receiver room this offseason, adding both Wallace and Rashod Bateman in the NFL Draft. What Wallace does well meshes extremely well with what Lamar Jackson does well as a passer. The passing volume is not going to be what many hoped Wallace would find at the professional level but the future is still bright for Wallace. He can easily become a steady contributor in the Ravens offense, as options like Sammy Watkins are not the long term solution for Baltimore’s passing games. With a late second round or early third round rookie pick, Wallace has the potential to be a long term steal for your fantasy roster.
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