Jalen Wydermyer, TE
Weight: 255 lbs.
School: Texas A&M
Arm length: 33 ⅛”
Hand size: 9 ¾”
A former four-star recruit out of Dickinson, Texas, where he attended Dickinson High School near the Houston area, Wydermyer was the 15th tight end prospect and the 45th ranked Texan in the 2019 recruiting cycle.
Wydermyer is a three-time All-SEC second-team selection who started in 33 games for the Aggies. Wydermyer was targeted 70 times in 2021, with 40 catches for 515-yards and four touchdowns.
He also dropped the football eight times, with three of those drops coming against Auburn. Wydermyer finished his Aggie career with 118 catches on 181 targets for 1,468-yards and 16 touchdowns; he had 12 drops in his college career.
The young tight end showed his versatility; he aligned 32.7 percent of his time in college as a big slot with 60.9 percent coming inline; he also aligned 6.4 percent outside on the boundary.
He was often used as the flat option off RPO action, as a seam stretcher, on seven routes in smash, deep digs over the middle, and quick spot type of concepts. Wydermyer will interest the Giants somewhere in the third round into Day 3.
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- Excellent size, weight, length – has potential to be a “Y” TE
- Big body target with wide catch radius
- Has the ability to make important plays
- A viable target at all three levels of the field
- Accelerates due to his long strides – can eat into off-leverage adequately and get vertical
- Has displayed subtle fakes at break points to deceive defenders
- Smart player – understands how to adjust routes when QB extemporizes
- Understands how to avoid contact when running routes
- Despite frustrating drops, has shown ability to make acrobatic catches away from his frame
- Can high point footballs with excellent body adjustment/control
- Is solid in contested catch situations
- Can make tough catches and hold onto the football through contact
- Provides good elusiveness for someone of his size in space – can create YAC
- Will fall forward through contact – very tough
- Gives effort as a blocker
- Drives his feet through contact when blocking
- Displays solid hips when blocking and hinging
- Is capable enough to block as a TE in the NFL, albeit there will be growing pains
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- Pad level gets him in trouble as a blocker
- Isn’t very sudden or explosive
- Isn’t very fast and can be lumbering
- Had maddening concentration drops in 2021, specifically in the Auburn game
- Long strider that takes a while to throttle down into breaks
- Route breaks are rounded
- Doesn’t get low enough to lower his pads on people – ankles and torso are often easy targets in space
- Punch isn’t commanding when blocking
- Can lean a bit too much while moving laterally and blocking
- Isn’t going to drive defenders off the ball (not many TEs do)
Overall, Jalen Wydermyer has the potential to be a three-down tight end in the NFL. He’s not the most sudden or athletic tight end, but he is a big target who uses his length/frame well over the middle of the field. He’s a solid overall receiver, albeit the concentration drops in 2021 were troublesome.
He tries as a blocker and does enough to be a nuisance; he can hold up as a backside inline tight end vs. the run. I didn’t see many reps of him fully pass blocking; he chipped and released well. Wydermyer will be selected near the top of Day 3/end of Day 2 in a cluster of the second-tier tight ends. The Giants should consider him early on day three if he’s still available.