2022 NFL Draft Player Preview: Jalen Wydermyer

  • Jalen Wydermyer, 6-5/260

  • Tight End

  • Texas A&M

  • Jalen Wydermyer 2021 Preview
    By Charlie Campbell

    Career Recap: Back during the 2019 season, the Texas A&M staff was raving about their freshman tight end to NFL evaluators coming through College State, and Wydermyer did not let anyone down, flashing big-time potential with 32 receptions for 447 yards and six touchdowns. He was even better as a sophomore, helping the Aggies make up for the loss of Jhamon Ausbon and other receivers. Wydermyer was a reliable target for Kellen Mond in 2020, snatching 45 catches for 502 yards and six touchdowns.

    2021 Season Outlook: The SEC West in the best conference and division for NFL talent in college football, so Wydermyer is going to see some excellent safety competition. After a handful of easier games, the junior's schedule gets challenging in October. Versus Alabama on the Oct. 9, Wydermyer will see some NFL prospects at safety with Jordan Battle and Daniel Wright. Two weeks later, Wydermyer will face South Carolina's R.J. Roderick, and he could be the best safety Wydermyer sees this coming season. The game after that, Auburn's Smoke Monday could match up against Wydermyer, and Monday has early-round potential. Those three games could be the key tapes for Wydermyer to impress pro evaluators.

    Skill-Set Summary: The NFL is a matchup-driven league in which offensive coordinators are always seeking receiving weapons who can provide an edge over defensive backs. A dangerous tight end with the skills to hurt defenses through the air is a highly sought-after commodity, and Wydermyer should have plenty of teams salivating at the idea of adding him to their offense. He has a tremendous skill set for the NFL with mismatch size, mismatch speed and surprising athleticism for such a big-bodied tight end.

    As a receiver, Wydermyer is a dynamic weapon that is a coverage nightmare. His mismatch size makes him a problem for defensive back as Wydermyer towers over them with a large wing span and catching radius. Hence even when he is covered, Wydermyer is capable of making a big play for his quarterback by winning 50-50 contested catches. On top of his height and thick frame, Wydermyer has serious speed and quickness. He gets downfield quickly and is adept at finding soft spots in coverage. With good foot speed, Wydermyer is too fast for linebackers and can burn them in man coverage. After the catch he shows a second gear to accelerate for more yards and his big size makes him tough tackle in the secondary. His yards after the catch ability makes him even more intriguing for the NFL.

    Wydermyer is a phenomenal red zone weapon as well. He has excellent hands to snatch the ball out of the air and is a natural hands catcher. Coming from an offense that correlates well to the NFL, Wydermyer runs good routes and shows developed technique as a pass receiver.

    Like the majority of most college tight ends, Wydermyer could stand to improve his blocking for the NFL. Wydermyer has the size and strength to do it, so after some development he could be a well-balanced player to attack defenses in both phases.

    For the NFL, Wydermyer looks like a future three down starter with the potential to be one of the better tight ends in the league. Wydermyer has a ton of upside and could be just scratching the surface of his potential as a receiver.

    2022 NFL Draft Expectations: Entering the 2021 season, Wydermyer is in the running to be the top tight end prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft. He looks like a future early-rounder.



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