Former Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Tylan Wallace has been one of the better wideouts in the Big 12 conference over the last three seasons. Wallace burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 2018 with 86 receptions for 1,491 yards and 12 touchdowns. During that season, he had seven games of 100-plus receiving yards, including two games with 200 or more receiving yards. Wallace was rewarded for his efforts, being named to the Associated Press’s All-American second team and first-team All-Big 12.
After an impressive sophomore campaign, Wallace was hit with the injury bug (ACL), which saw his season come to an end in October 2019. Despite the injury, he still managed to put up 53 receptions for 903 yards and eight touchdowns. Last season, Wallace came back and recorded 59 receptions for 922 yards and six touchdown in 10 games played. He went on to be named to the first-team All-Big 12.
In an offense that featured a top-tier running back in Chuba Hubbard, Tylan Wallace also gave defenses something else to think about on a weekly basis. Wallace will not blow you away with his speed, which might be a hinderance at the next level. He lacks breakaway speed, but still found ways to get vertical within Oklahoma State’s offense.
However, he is a very physical wide receiver at the line of scrimmage and running after the catch. If you are in Wallace’s way on a short/intermediate route or bubble screen, look out because he might run through you. The 5-foot-11 wideout also has solid footwork, especially on shorter routes.
Furthermore, Wallace lacks explosiveness, which is not ideal for an outside wide receiver at the NFL level. But one thing coaches and teams will love is that he competes and will go up and catch the football. Sometimes, he makes easy catches look tough, but other times, he makes those hard receptions look easy.
Mock Draft landing spots
Unlike the top five or six wide receivers in this draft class, Wallace will likely be picked in Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft. If that happens, it won’t be a bad thing because we’ve seen wide receivers drafted in Day 2 have success early on in their careers (DK Metcalf, A.J. Brown, Diontae Johnson, Terry McLaurin). Wallace has been mocked to the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Bears.
Fantasy impact: Rookie year
NFL.com projects Wallace to be a starter within his first two seasons in the NFL. This is not a farfetched idea, depending on where he lands. Should we expect a significant impact like we did with the wide receivers mentioned above, who were Day 2 guys? Not at all, but we could see Wallace become a solid WR3/FLEX play, especially after a couple of solid performances.
Fantasy impact: Career
Wallace should be a solid wide receiver in the NFL as he has the toughness, catching ability, and physicality to impose his will on opposing defensive backs. He may not make a lot of noise this season. But Wallace could be a guy in Year 2 or 3 that takes and becomes a good WR2.