2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jalen McMillan

  • Jalen McMillan, 6-1/197
  • Wide Receiver
  • Washington

Jalen McMillan Scouting Report

By Charlie Campbell


  • Dangerous build-up speed
  • Has a second gear that surprises defensive backs
  • Can run away from defenders
  • Quality route-runner
  • Build-up speed
  • Tracks the ball well
  • Good ball adjustment
  • Advanced body control
  • Reliable hands
  • Consistent playmaker
  • Tracks the ball extremely well
  • Polished receiver
  • Adept at finding soft spots in zone
  • Quality size
  • Can line up outside or the slot


  • Solid, but not elite, after the catch
  • Takes time getting up to top speed
  • Can get pushed around
  • Not great on contested catches

Prospect Summary:

The Washington Huskies had an elite trio of receivers in 2022 and 2023 with Rome Odunze, Ja’Lynn Polk, and McMillan. They terrorized defenses with routes that utilized the deep-ball talent of Michael Penix Jr. After modest numbers in 2021 (39-470-3), McMillan took off in 2022 with 79 catches for 1,098 yards and nine touchdowns. With the Huskies on their way to an appearance in the National Championship, McMillan contributed while playing banged up. He missed four games with a knee issue and was limited in others, but he still contributed some big plays in 2023 while recording 45 catches for 559 yards and five scores.

McMillan does not look like a No. 1 wide receiver for an NFL team, but he could be a solid No. 2 wideout on the outside who also has the flexibility to also line up as a slot receiver. McMillan is a polished receiver who runs solid routes, tracks the ball well, and has functional size and speed. The best trait that McMillan has is dangerous speed as he gets further into the route. McMillan does not have a great step or explosion off the ball, but he has serious build-up speed that lets him take defensive backs by surprise. McMillan is a real threat to get open deep downfield and has the speed to run away from defenders once he makes the catch.

If McMillan had a better first-step, he would be rated higher and have a shot at being a first-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Aside from needing time to reach top speed, McMillan can get pushed around and too easily re-routed by defenders. He needs to improve winning on contested catches for the NFL. While McMillan isn’t bad, he’s not special after the catch.

As a pro, McMillan could be a solid No. 2 or 3 receiver. He looks like a second- or third-round pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Prospect Comparison:

Zay Jones. McMillan has some similarities to Jones in terms of size and dangerous build-up speed. Jones has a quicker release and is better after the catch, but in the NFL, McMillan could become a wideout who is a similar caliber player to Jones.


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