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Name: Jaylen Waddle (+) 10-24-20 Ankle INJ/Out for 2020
College: Alabama     Number: 17
Height: 5-10   Weight: 182
Position: WR  Pos2: KR
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2022

40 Low: 4.28
   40 Time: 4.38
  40 High: 4.48
Projected Round: 1  Stock:    



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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: (+) 10-24-20 Ankle INJ/Out for 2020...PMaxwell/PWCamp2nd-KR/PBiletnikoff/PHornung...2019: STPOYC/1stC-KR/2ndC-AP...P3rdC-WR/P1stC-AP&KR/P2ndDS-PR/PBiletnikoff/P2ndM-WR/P1stM-KR...AP 2nd team All-American All-Purpose, Walter Camp 2nd team All-American, FWAA 2nd team All-American, Sporting News 1st team All-American, USA Today 2nd team All-American RS, Sports Illustrated 2nd team All-American RS, SEC Spec Tms POY, 1st team All-SEC RS, 2nd team All-SEC All-Purpose, AP 2nd team All-Purpose w/33-560-17.0-6 rec, 1-5-5.0-0 rush, 20-487-24.4-1 PR, 5-175-35.0-1 KR in 13 gms in '19. FWAA Freshman All-American, 247 Sports Freshman All-American WR/PR, SEC FOY, SEC All-Freshman Team w/45-848-18.8-7 rec, 16-233-14.5-1 PR in 3 sts, 15 gms in '18.

 Jaylen Waddle, Alabama, Player News

  10/24/20 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Alabama coach Nick Saban said junior wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is out for the rest of the season after breaking his right ankle on the opening kickoff Saturday against Tennessee. "It's a shame because the guy's a great player," Saban told CBS at halftime. "It's exciting for college football to see a guy playing like that. I hate it that he gets hurt on a play like that. You're not supposed to bring the ball out when you're that deep in the end zone, but he's a great player, so you've got to let him use his judgment." Waddle took the opening kickoff and got out to the Alabama 15 when tackled by Kenneth George Jr. Waddle's right foot got caught between the grass and George's body and turned.

Waddle has been one of the nation's top punt returners the past two years and has seldom had the ball kicked his way this year. He had 733 yards on punt returns in his career, ranking sixth in Alabama history. Waddle currently leads all Crimson Tide returners averaging 19.3 yards per punt return in his career, nearly six years better than second place. Waddle opened this season with at least 120 yards receiving in each of the first four games and led Alabama with 557 yards on just 25 catches. Waddle was averaging 22.3 yards per catch and had four touchdowns. - AP College Football


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  09/30/20 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Jaylen Waddle entered the offseason as the best punt returner in the nation. He was also effective as a wide receiver in 2019 in limited opportunities, taking his 33 catches for an average of 16.97 yards, which ranked fifth in the SEC among qualified receivers. All that was left for Waddle to perfect was his blocking. In Steve Sarkisian's offense, wide receiver blocking is much more than a pet project. Just as it was all of last season, Alabama was effective -and at times explosive - on screen passes that feature wide receivers as lead blockers in the 2020 season opener: UA completed all six of such screens against Missouri for 50 yards, averaging more than 8 yards per play on passes that are designed to be caught behind the line of scrimmage.

Alabama's wide receiver corps remains elusive, playing a role in screen success, but more often than not those receivers have plenty of room to work once they make the catch. "I just worked on getting my hands inside and making solid contact with defenders," Waddle said. "I think that was one area that I really needed to improve on as far as last season." DeVonta Smith benefitted more than most from the screens. Four of Smith's eight catches and 29 of his 89 yards came on screen passes, with Waddle clearing the way on all of them and joined by John Metchie III on three of the four. - Montgomery Advertiser


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  09/28/20 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Junior wide receiver Jaylen Waddle knew this was his season to break out. After two seasons of playing behind Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III, he would be the primary threat to pair with DeVonta Smith. He did his best to prepare for a new set of responsibilities. The early returns were convincing. Waddle exited the game with eight catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns. The seven catches were a career high and the 134 yards were 4 shy of tying his current career high, set in 2018 against Louisiana-Lafayette. Waddle did not get a chance to return a kick or punt - where he made his biggest impact last year - but one game was enough to show Waddle won't have to wait for kicks and punts to make his presence known. Waddle, after all, was the target of 10 of Alabama's 32 pass attempts. - Montgomery Advertiser

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  09/27/20 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Mac Jones now has two road starts under his belt, one in last year's Iron Bowl as a spot starter and Saturday's outing against Missouri as the established starting quarterback. In both instances, he knew he could lean on Jaylen Waddle. So he did. Waddle was the intended target on the Crimson Tide's first offensive play, an incompletion. The next nine targets produced eight catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns, making him the star performer of UA's 38-19 win over Missouri. "He gets open, that's his job and I think he does a great job doing it," Jones said. "We've had a great relationship since he stepped on campus, going back to summer 7-on-7s, getting that chemistry with him, all the late nights at the indoor."

As he was last year, Waddle was used in motion at times to create openings for him, but part of his new role as an every-down wide receiver is to be a more naturally occurring part of the offense, one that gets the ball somewhat regularly even when plays are not designed specifically for him. Waddle did that in addition to showing a skill he had not in the past: making plays to receive the ball, as opposed to once he receives it. In the pass-catching portion of Waddle's Alabama career, most of his receptions have been carefully designed where Waddle is granted to space to make the catch, and his job to make defenders miss after that. On the first play of UA's third offensive possession, Waddle made a jumping catch in between two Missouri defenders: He was the recipient of hard contact from Missouri safety Tyree Gillespie, but in the process he became the lone UA player to generate a play of more than 35 yards, gaining 46 on the play. - Montgomery Advertiser


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  09/16/20 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  Jaylen Waddle had to catch lightning in a bottle with every touch in 2019. He was a wide receiver behind two first-round draft picks and two Biletnikoff Award semifinalists, making receptions few and far between. He was by far the nation's best returner, but he only got 20 chances to return a punt and five to return a kick. All in all, Waddle averaged 20.8 yards per touch but only got the ball 4.07 times per game. In Waddle's case, playing more equates to playing differently. As Waddle is poised to step into a bigger role in Alabama's offense this fall, he had to take on some new responsibilities that come with a more all-encompassing role, a reality he has embraced. "I think he's excited about the challenge and the opportunity of being an every-down player in our offense and not just a specialty player," Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said.

As a wide receiver, Waddle being on the field more often means he's going to be targeted and running routes on fewer of his snaps, leaving him to block for the run. Waddle said he's been working on hand placement in blocking. There is also the prospect of playing multiple wide receiver positions, given being on the field for more than specialized snaps, and the potential need to do so should COVID-19 quarantines impact depth in the position group. Waddle said the way UA's offense is structured makes it easier for wide receivers to move among wide receiver positions. "I think we don't try to learn a certain position. We try to learn a concept, so you're not just out there - you don't really know where you're going to be based on the concepts," Waddle said. "You've got to learn every concept. We try to learn that way." - Montgomery Advertiser


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  07/28/20 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: KR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,...Waddle earned second team All-America accolades as a returner from the Associated Press and Walter Camp in 2019...led the nation in punt return average at 24.4 yards per return with 20 for 487 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 77...the 487 punt return yards are the fourth-most in Alabama single-season history...also returned five kickoffs for 175 yards and a touchdown...totaled 560 yards and six touchdowns on 33 catches at wideout. - Alabama Football

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  07/27/20 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,...Waddle shattered the previous single-season mark for UA with his 24.4 yards per return average in 2019...the 487 punt return yards are the fourth-most in Alabama single-season history...also returned five kickoffs for 175 yards and a touchdown...totaled 560 yards and six touchdowns on 33 catches at wideout. - Alabama Football

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  07/26/20 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,...Waddle earned second team All-America accolades as a returner from the Associated Press and Walter Camp in 2019...the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and a first-team selection at return specialist by the league's coaches...also earned second team all-league honors as an all-purpose player from the coaches...a second team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press...led the nation in punt return average at 24.4 yards per return with 20 for 487 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 77...shattered the previous single-season mark for UA with his 24.4 yards per return average...the 487 punt return yards are the fourth-most in Alabama single-season history...also returned five kickoffs for 175 yards and a touchdown. - Alabama Football

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  07/23/20 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  The Louisville Sports Commission today named 50 multi-talented college football players to the 2020 Watch List for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse. The Paul Hornung Award, now in its 11th season, is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville on March 2021. The 2020 Watch List is comprised of 50 players - 18 seniors, 22 juniors, nine sophomores and one grad transfer who play a total of eight different positions.

These players represent 50 universities located in 28 states coast-to-coast that are part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. All 10 FBS conferences and one independent school are represented on the Watch List; the SEC leads the conferences with eight players, followed by ACC with seven players and the Pac-12 and MWC with six players each. The Paul Hornung Award has created an impressive legacy in 10 years. Six winners were first round NFL draft picks - Tavon Austin, Odell Beckham Jr., Shaq Thompson, Christian McCaffrey, Jabrill Peppers and Saquon Barkley. Last year's winner, third-round draft pick Lynn Bowden Jr. of Kentucky, turned in a Hornung-like performance by moving from all-purpose receiver/back/return specialist to quarterback in mid-season and leading the Wildcats to a 5-2 record and Belk Bowl win over Virginia Tech. - Paul Hornung Award


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  07/21/20 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,...Earned second team All-America accolades as a returner from the Associated Press and Walter Camp in 2019...the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and a first-team selection at return specialist by the league's coaches...a second team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press...led the nation in punt return average at 24.4 yards per return with 20 for 487 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 77...shattered the previous single-season mark for UA with his 24.4 yards per return average...the 487 punt return yards are the fourth-most in Alabama single-season history...also returned five kickoffs for 175 yards and a touchdown...totaled 560 yards and six touchdowns on 33 catches at wideout. - Alabama Football

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  12/11/19 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2019 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,...Waddle is among the SEC and national leaders in punt return average at 24.9 yards per return and a touchdown, and he also has returned a kickoff for a score. He was twice named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week this season. - SEC Football

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  12/10/19 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RS Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,...Dynamic athlete who is a threat every time he touches the ball...leads the nation in punt return average at 24.9 yards per return with 19 for 474 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 77...also returned four kickoffs for 152 yards and a touchdown. - Alabama Football

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  12/10/19 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2019 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): AP Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,...totaled 553 yards and six touchdowns on 32 catches at wideout this season...added one rush for five yards...totaled 1,184 all-purpose yards for the Crimson Tide... was joined by teammates Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List. - Alabama Football

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  10/15/19 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  OCT 14/WEEK 7 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jaylen Waddle, PR/WR, Alabama,...The sophomore set the Crimson Tide up with fantastic field position the entire game, earning Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the Alabama staff...Waddle returned four punts for 128 yards for an average of 32.0 yards per return...The 128 punt return yards is the third most in a single game in school history, trailing only two games by Javier Arenas...Alabama's average field position following Waddle returns was the Texas A&M 41-yard line...He broke free for returns of 15, 43, 28 and 42 yards with Alabama scoring 17 points following his returns...Waddle also caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown, finishing with 176 all-purpose yards. - SEC Football

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  08/18/19 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: AP Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,...Waddle led all SEC first-year wideouts in receptions per game (3.1) and receiving yards per game (56.5) in 2018...averaged 18.8 yards per catch, good for sixth in the league and 18th nationally...caught 45 passes for 848 yards with seven touchdown receptions...30 of his receptions went for a first down or touchdown...added 16 punt returns for 233 yards and one score...his 14.6 yards per return average ranked second in the SEC and was fifth nationally. - Alabama Football

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  08/17/19 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,...Waddle worked in the receiver rotation and on special teams for Alabama in 2018...SEC Freshman of the Year honoree by the conference coaches...earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors from the league coaches...led all SEC first-year wideouts in receptions per game (3.1) and receiving yards per game (56.5). - Alabama Football

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  08/17/19 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: RS Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,...Waddle caught 45 passes for 848 yards with seven touchdown receptions in 2018...30 of his receptions went for a first down or touchdown...added 16 punt returns for 233 yards and one score...his 14.6 yards per return average ranked second in the SEC and was fifth nationally. - Alabama Football

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  08/13/19 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: PR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama, Soph.,...Waddle caught 45 passes for 848 yards with seven touchdown receptions in 2018...30 of his receptions went for a first down or touchdown...added 16 punt returns for 233 yards and one score...his 14.6 yards per return average ranked second in the SEC and was fifth nationally. - Alabama Football

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  07/21/19 - WR Jaylen WaddleJr/2022, Alabama, 5-10, 182 (DS#1 WR) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama,... SEC Freshman of the Year honoree by the conference coaches in 2018...earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors from the league coaches...led all SEC first-year wideouts in receptions per game (3.1) and receiving yards per game (56.5)...averaged 18.8 yards per catch, good for sixth in the league and 18th nationally...caught 45 passes for 848 yards with seven touchdown receptions...30 of his receptions went for a first down or touchdown...added 16 punt returns for 233 yards and one score. - Alabama Football

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