Jalen McMillan — Top-40 Grade (Early Day 2)
Jalen McMillan gets overshadowed by Odunze often, but he is a bonafide Day 2 prospect in his own right. McMillan is less physically imposing, standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 192 pounds. But his lanky frame could lead to some added weight in an NFL strength training program.
However, McMillan is best suited as a slot specialist, even if he’s able to bulk up to 200 pounds. The reason? He is impossible to cover when given a free release by the defense. The Fresno native is a top-tier route runner who wastes zero movement when working his route.
McMillan is not the fastest guy in the world but he is shifty. For a slot receiver, that is usually a more valuable asset to have, anyway. What he lacks in physical upside, the 21-year-old more than makes up for with his advanced refinement. The Washington star is such a sudden mover, bringing underrated ability after the catch.
A savvy NFL offensive coordinator will have a rock-solid game plan for McMillan from the moment he is drafted. His skill set is invaluable on Sundays and earns him a strong Day 2 grade on my current Big Board. If he caps off another 1,000-yard campaign and performs well at the NFL Draft Combine, a late Round 1 projection is within reach.