Jalen Wydermyer

Jalen Wydermyer

Measurements
  • Height
    6037
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
  • Weight
    255lbs
  • Arm
    33 1/8
  • Speed
TE Combine Averages
  • Height
    6045
  • Hand
    9 3/4
  • VJ
    33.5
  • Weight
    250lbs
  • Arm
    33
  • Speed
    4.72
Stephen Dranoff - Scout
Jalen Wydermyer
  • Overall Rank
    117
  • Position Rank
    4
  • Position
    TE
  • Age
    21.5 Years
  • Team
    TEXAS A&M

Stats

Year Games Played Rec Yards YPC TDs Misc. Stats
2019 13 32 447 13.97 6 SEC All Freshman Team; AP All-SEC Second Team
2020 10 46 506 11.00 6 All-SEC Second Team
2021 12 40 515 12.88 4 AP & Coaches' All-SEC Second Team; Mackey Award Finalist

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Above the Line height at 6'5". Long, toned arms and legs with room to add muscle. Slender torso and a wide chest. Wydermyer's on field durability has not been an issue. However, he did have a "freak, off-the-field accident" in the offseason that required surgery on a tendon in his hand and forced him to miss 2021 spring ball.

  • Size
    7
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    5
Grade 6.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

This player has limited toughness and actively avoids taking hits in both blocking and receiving across the middle. While he is fairly instinctual and gets in the right position to make the block, he is often caught absorbing blows rather than delivering hits himself. Similarly, he is quick to pull a pass into his midframe (rather than ensuring that he makes the catch) in order to avoid a hit from a defender, which leads to drops across the middle - especially on high passes. You will not typically find this player blocking downfield or carrying out his route when he knows the play is not coming his way.

  • Toughness
    4
  • Instincts
    6
  • Effort/Motor
    5
Grade 5.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Alarming 5.03 40-yard dash at Texas A&M's Pro Day. However, tape shows above the line body control in route running and adequate speed. You will rarely find him off balanced or getting jammed up in single coverage thanks to his agility at the top of routes. This player is able to run through contact without losing speed or being rerouted. On the contrary, he often does not keep his form on run blocks and ends up leaning on defenders rather than running his feet and drive blocking. Since he is 6'5" it is easy for defenders to get underneath of him, create penetration, and force the RB off of his course.

  • Explosiveness
    7
  • Speed
    6
  • Body Control
    6
  • Flexibility/Bend
    7
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 6.2

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Wydermyer is an adequate route runner who can beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage with a combination of his long arms and speed. While his toughness going across the middle is in question, he is able to track deep passes with ease and is sure handed when not in traffic. His vision in yards after catch scenarios is nothing to write home about - often trying to cut against the grain when there is room to run straight ahead. Wydermyer's blocking along the line of scrimmage is limited. He does not drive his legs at the point of attack and often finds himself driven into the backfield by above the line talent. Rather than driving his legs and staying chest to chest with his defensive counterpart, he often lowers his head and just wants to get his body across the defender rather than actually drive them out of the picture. Wydermyer is a reliable pass catcher in situations where he is not at risk of being hit by a defender. However, he is less reliable on passes that leave him vulnerable to hits and as an inline blocker.

  • Route Running
    6
  • Release
    7
  • Ball Skills
    7
  • Ball-Carrier Ability
    6
  • Blocking
    4
  • Strike
    3
  • Play Temperament
    5
  • Reliability
    5
Grade 5.4

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Wydermyer is a former four-star recruit out of Dickinson, Texas where he was a dual sports athlete in both basketball and football. In his freshman year, he started in 11 of the 13 games he participated in - hauling in 32 receptions for 447 yards and 6 touchdowns. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team as well as the AP All-SEC Second Team. From there, his statistic somewhat plateaued. Wydermyers' 14.0 yards per reception were the highest of his three year career. He was Second Team All-SEC all three years at Texas A&M and was a Mackey Award Finalist in his senior season. Wydermyer projects as a strong receiving tight end who can win in press man to man coverage as well as down the field both outside and along the seams. He is best on deep and intermediate routes where he can hit his break in stride and does not have to start and stop too much. While he is a poor in-line blocker at the moment, he has the build to become adequate with the right coaching.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Ole Miss
  • Nov - 13 - 2021
  • Showed ability to get off press man at the line of scrimmage, took some big hits, and fought hard even when down two scores in the final minutes of the game
  • iconWorst Game
  • vs. Miss State
  • Oct - 02 - 2021
  • Struggled with blocking along the line of scrimmage and finding areas to settle in zone defenses
Best Trait
Route running vs. Man
Pro Comparison
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