#DraftSZN in a pandemic has looked much different than normal.
There was no East-West Shrine Game, no NFLPA Bowl and the Reese’s Senior Bowl was a truncated version of itself.
The NFL Draft Combine, the highlight of the process for most draft enthusiasts, was also called off. It was supposed to have taken place this past weekend.
But in its place, EXOS, a nationwide athletic training company, held its own pro day, and Tylan Wallace apparently turned some heads.
Some draft evaluators have questioned Tylan’s top-end speed, though he had little trouble getting open on the reg, despite being near the top of every opposing DC’s whiteboard each week.
Terms like “average speed” have fallen off the wagging tongues of plenty a talking head when scouting Tylan. Maybe if you’re really, really great at several things, people tend to take others for granted. (I wouldn’t know.)
Tylan is known for his ability to create space from defenders with his body, his overall physicality and, of course, his uncanny ability to make the craziest 50-50 catches look routine.
The 4.4 40 represents an arbitrary line by which laymen and lazy folks differentiate between quick and FAST when evaluating elite athletes. You can’t see the difference in .01 seconds with your naked eye, and it does not guarantee effectiveness one way or another on the field. But the fact that Tylan was clocked just below that threshold should bode well for him come draft night.
For reference, James Washington’s official 40 time at the combine was a 4.54 seconds. Tyreek Hill has been clocked at 4.29, so Tylan falls in between the two, closer to the fastest player in the NFL than the former second-round pick.
A 4.39-second 40-yard dash might not be Cheetah speed, but it makes for a quite speedy gazelle. And add to that the rest of Tylan’s tangibles — including his ability to play much bigger than his 6-foot frame — and this should boost his draft stock even more. At the very least, it checks a box.
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