2021 NFL Draft: Three-round mock draft featuring early quarterback run

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Jaylen Waddle, 2021 NFL Draft
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2021 NFL Draft Round 1, Pick 12

Scouting Report. player. Alabama. Jaylen Waddle. 12. 44. Pick Analysis. WR

Led by Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, the Atlanta Falcons already have a strong group of playmakers at the wide receiver position. However, in today’s NFL, you simply cannot have too many guys who can stretch the field and make plays with the ball in their hands. Also, this franchise clearly loves Alabama receiver so why not just give them the dynamic Jaylen Waddle?

Playing behind many elite prospects, Jaylen Waddle has not been able to take on a major role in the Alabama offense the last two years. However, his raw playmaking ability is obvious and he is set up to explode with more opportunity in 2020.

Waddle is an absolute freak athlete at the wide receiver position, showing incredible natural speed and tremendous elusiveness in the open field. He accelerates in an instant and hits a truly rare top speed when he get enough space to open it up.

We have watched Tyreek Hill become an absolutely massive weapon for Patrick Mahomes in the Kansas City Chiefs offense by simply being faster than everybody else on the field. Waddle is an incredibly explosive player who has a chance to be a similar kind of playmaker.

A fantastic deep threat who also shows great playmaking ability with the ball in his hands, it is easy to fall in love with Waddle’s upside at the next level. He is a true game-changing player who is undoubtedly worthy of this draft slot. A starting wide receiver trio of Jones, Ridley and Waddle would be a dream scenario for Matt Ryan and the Falcons.