2021 NFL Draft: Breaking down the top three wide receivers

Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17). Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports /

Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Waddle has one word constantly connected to him, explosive. He is a deep threat that has the blazing speed for big plays that fans love to see. Many teams will be looking for a player of his stature as Alabama continues to produce high-level NFL prospects coming out of their program.

This receiver-type normally means he can only run straight and beat secondaries with his speed but that is not the case with Waddle. He can keep his speed even while he changes direction in routes. He might not be as polished of a route runner as others in this class but his athletic ability cannot be taught. He is so fast that even NFL players will not be able to keep up.

This player will likely be gone in the top 20 picks in the draft which will be no surprise to scouts across the league. This kid has been compared to his former teammate at Alabama, Henry Ruggs III. Ruggs was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with pick 12 in the 2020 NFL draft. That comparison is a fair one with them both carrying speed in their arsenal. Now Waddle will be chosen in 2021 with a top pick for an NFL team just like his former teammate.