1. NY Jets draft target: Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
Tylan Wallace was on his way to becoming a consensus first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but a torn ACL ended his 2019 season. As a result, he returned for the 2020 campaign and started right where he left off.
Although he’s back and healthy, Oliver Hodgkinson of Pro Football Network brought up a great point about the history of knee injuries in his family noting the following.
“The ACL injury was particularly poignant for the Wallace family. There is a devastating family history with career-threatening knee injuries with Tracin Wallace, Tylan’s twin brother, who suffered multiple injuries to the same knee.”
When you’re drafting a player, that’s scary stuff to know, but it’s quite possible that Wallace stays healthy for the rest of his career and this is a one-off injury. However, those are the things that a team has to consider before selecting a player.
Wallace’s game is incredibly dynamic and he’s someone who has excellent hand-eye coordination. He works his tail off every play and is someone you can rely on to catch a ball in a big-time moment.
In four years at Oklahoma State, Wallace was explosive. During his college career, he had 205 catches, 3,434 yards receiving, and caught 26 touchdowns.
His 2018 campaign, prior to his ACL tear, was his best season, piling up 1,491 yards and 12 touchdowns, but he consistently put up great numbers each year.
Wallace is projected as a Day 2 or 3 pick, so although there are prior injury concerns, he could be a steal at No. 66 or No. 86 for the Jets.