Although the Oklahoma State Cowboys didn’t have one player drafted in 2020, the program has a rich history of sending talent into the NFL. In the 2000s alone, Oklahoma State had three wide receivers selected in the first round with Rashaun Woods, Dez Bryant, and Justin Blackmon. In a stacked wide receiver class for the 2021 NFL Draft, Tylan Wallace may not quite be able to join that group of first-round talent out of Oklahoma State. However, there is no doubt that he is one of the most exciting and productive talents. He should garner early-round consideration.
Tylan Wallace NFL Draft Profile & Senior Bowl Measurements
- Position: Wide Receiver
- School: Oklahoma State University
- Current Year: Senior
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 193 pounds
- Wingspan: 73 1/2″
- Arm: 32 5/8″
- Hand: 9 1/2″
A former four-star recruit out of South Hills High School, Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace has become one of the most productive players in college football. With 3,760 yards and 48 touchdowns at an eye-popping 20.7 yards per catch for the South Hill Scorpions, there should be no surprise that he would develop into one of the most dangerous wide receiving threats in the nation.
How does Wallace stack up with the competition is fiercest?
After a relatively quiet freshman season, Wallace exploded onto the national scene as a sophomore in 2018. The Oklahoma State wide receiver led the Big 12 with 1,491 yards, which were also good enough to rank second in the nation. That earned him recognition as a Biletnikoff Award finalist, but he lost out to the former first-round pick Jerry Jeudy.
Although the Big 12 carries a reputation of putting up little defensive resistance, Wallace has put up his best performances in games against his biggest competition. His career-high of 222 receiving yards against Texas came just two weeks before putting up 220 yards over Oklahoma. The best players turn up in the biggest games. The Oklahoma State wide receiver combined for four touchdowns against the best two teams in the Big 12.
Any durability concerns?
Wallace continued to grow his reputation in 2019, racking up 903 yards and eight touchdowns before tearing his ACL in a practice session, prematurely ending a season that was heading towards first-round consideration in the 2020 NFL Draft.
The ACL injury was particularly poignant for the Wallace family. There is a devastating family history with career-threatening knee injuries with Tracin Wallace, Tylin’s twin brother, who suffered multiple injuries to the same knee. Although the injury ended Tracin’s career early, Tylan returned to action at the start of the 2020 college football season.
Tylan Wallace makes his last ride as a wide receiver for the Oklahoma State Cowboys prepares for NFL Draft
Tylan Wallace brought his Oklahoma State career to a close with six catches for 45 yards in the Cowboys’ 37-34 win over Miami in the Cheez-It Bowl. The team’s leading wide receiver for the last three seasons only played the first half to protect a knee injury that saw him miss time at the end of the season.
Wallace once again demonstrated the talent that will make him a sought after wide receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft. There were multiple examples of Wallace using his physicality and football awareness to gain additional yardage. Wallace showcased a reliable pair of hands, reeling in all of his targets.
Wallace declared for the 2021 NFL Draft on December 30th. He leaves Oklahoma State with 3,429 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. Wallace is the fourth most productive wide receiver in Cowboys history. It’s an impressive accomplishment achieved despite missing playing time over the last two seasons.
His next opportunity to impress NFL scouts will be at the 2021 Senior Bowl.
Tylan Wallace misses season finale with knee injury
Tylan Wallace missed Oklahoma State’s 42-3 win over Baylor as a result of the knee injury he sustained against Texas Tech. With just a bowl game left to play, it’s possible that Wallace has played his final game for the Cowboys. Teammates Chuba Hubbard and Rodarius Williams both declared for the 2021 NFL Draft in the last week. It remains to be seen if Wallace will join them in missing Oklahoma State’s bowl game. His decision has yet to be made public.
Wallace ends his Cowboys career with an incredible 3,384 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns. Despite missing most of the 2019 season with an injury, he finished fourth in Oklahoma State’s all-time receiving yards and sixth in touchdowns.
Senior Bowl and NFL Combine will be pivotal for Tylan Wallace’s NFL Draft stock
After a season where he was back to his best, Wallace undoubtedly solidified his 2021 NFL Draft stock. Losing playing time to a knee injury for the second straight season may produce some red flags. However, I believe Wallace projects as an early Day Two selection.
His appearance at the 2021 Senior Bowl and NFL Combine will be pivotal to his draft stock. How Wallace performs in one-on-one drills against the nation’s top senior cornerbacks at the Senior Bowl, and how fast he runs in Indianapolis at the NFL Combine, will be the decisive factors in each team’s final evaluation.
Injury worries for Tylan Wallace despite touchdown against TCU
In a game that Oklahoma State needed to win, the Cowboys lost Tylan Wallace for the fourth quarter. Despite leading 22-21 at the end of the third quarter without their star wide receiver, they ultimately fell short to the unranked TCU. With the defeat, they also lost any remaining chance to reach a Big 12 Championship berth.
Wallace has consistently been the focus of the offense this 2020 season, and this game was no different. He led the team with seven receptions, 92 receiving yards, and one touchdown. He once again demonstrated the attributes that have led him into being a highly-rated 2021 NFL Draft prospect.
Speed, strong hands, athletic ability on display against TCU
We have become accustomed to watching Wallace dominate on the outside, but his touchdown came from unfamiliar territory. Lining up in the slot, Wallace perfectly executed a wheel route and used his speed to get ahead of defensive back C.J. Ceasar. Cradling the ball into his outstretched arms, Wallace waltzed into the end zone for a 55-yard touchdown.
His catch ability stood out once again, moving the chains with regularity. Quarterback Spencer Sanders floated the ball out to the left, and Wallace used his strong hands and athletic ability to high point the ball.
Wallace’s willingness to get involved in blocking was again evident on Saturday. The best example was on a big play for Jelani Woods, where Wallace prevented outside pressure to extend the tight end’s run after the catch.
However, it wasn’t all sunshine and smiles for Tylan Wallace on Saturday afternoon
Where Wallace is normally a dominant downfield threat, he was well-contained by the TCU secondary. Although Ceasar was beaten for the touchdown, he made a nice play to prevent Wallace from making a chain-moving catch in the third quarter.
Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson was a constant thorn in Wallace’s side. On a play early in the second quarter, Hodges-Tomlinson went toe-to-toe with him and made a play on the ball to prevent a catch. It was one of several that saw Wallace only catch 50% of his targets in the first half.
The biggest concern for Wallace’s 2021 NFL Draft stock will be the injury in which he suffered. He missed the entire fourth quarter after suffering knee pain following his touchdown grab. For further anxiety, the injury was to the same knee that ended his 2019 season. It is unclear whether Wallace will return for the season finale at Baylor.
However, the best opportunity to solidify his 2021 NFL Draft stock will ultimately come at the 2021 Senior Bowl.
Tylan Wallace wows in final Oklahoma State home game
After being largely an afterthought in the Bedlam rivalry game, Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace returned to his stunning best with a string of highlight catches in a 50-44 win over Texas Tech on Saturday. In his final home game for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Wallace had seven catches for 129 receiving yards and a delightful over-the-shoulder touchdown reception to move into fourth place in the Cowboys’ all-time receiving list.
Wallace adds excellent tape to his profile
Although the Texas Tech defense is far from NFL caliber, Wallace continuously found ways to win on Saturday afternoon. He was at his devastating best, using his clear speed advantage to beat Red Raiders cornerback DaMarcus Fields on the outside. One early second quarter catch was a perfect example of this.
On that play, Fields gave Wallace around six yards of cushion at the line of scrimmage. Wallace quickly ate into that, using his speed to create separation and demonstrating his athleticism, hand skills, and body control to snag the ball out of the air and come down with a 40-yard reception.
Wallace’s touchdown reception told a similar story. Fields was burned in coverage on the outside, and although he recovered enough to try and make a play on the ball, Wallace secured the ball with his strong hands while showing the spatial awareness to ensure at least one foot grazed the turf in the back corner of the end zone.
PFN Draft Analyst Tony Pauline weighs in
The threat of Wallace’s speed caused headaches for the Texas Tech defense several times in the game. He would set up to go long down the sideline, then stop on a dime to secure a catch in space and use his after-the-catch physicality to grind out extra yardage.
Wallace’s performance against Texas Tech earned recognition from Tony Pauline, who said this of the Oklahoma State receiver in his NFL Draft Stock Week 13 article:
“Wallace is a polished pass-catcher who finds ways to separate from defenders and make the reception. What stands out this year is his downfield blocking and his ability to pick up yardage after the catch. He presently grades as a Day 2 prospect, but the faster he runs prior to the draft, the earlier Wallace will be selected.”
With two more games left in his Oklahoma State career, Wallace needs 272 receiving yards to move into third in the Cowboys’ records books. With his current form, it is entirely possible.
Sooners shut down Wallace in Bedlam win
Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace once again led the team in receptions and receiving yards. Still, it was a night to forget for the Cowboys’ offense as they fell to a 41-13 loss in the Bedlam rivalry game against the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma State struggled to move the ball through the air and on the ground, totaling 246 total yards against an Oklahoma defense that showed great energy all night.
A perfect storm of obstacles
Although he led the team, Wallace’s four receptions for 68 yards were a far cry from his last outing in the rivalry matchup. Wallace had dominated Oklahoma to the tune of 220 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. Yet, he was stymied by a combination of good coverage, ineffective quarterback play, and rare errors on his behalf.
There are few better catchers of the ball in college football. But in trying to ensure his feet came down in bounds on a first-half play on 2nd and 10 at the Cowboys 33-yard line, Wallace suffered a rare drop. It wasn’t the only incomplete catch attempt on the night, but the others can be attributed to overthrown passes.
One of the main concerns for Wallace’s NFL projections is his ability to perform against press coverage. The loss to Oklahoma won’t help ease those concerns. The Sooners pressed him at the line of scrimmage with Trey Brown for most of the game, and the result reflected in the box score.
Any silver lining to a bad loss in a rivalry game?
That being said, he drew a pass interference flag on Brown as the defensive back struggled to contain him on the outside, and Wallace also snagged a 25-yard gain as he worked Brown down the sideline on another play.
It is difficult to tell if Brown lost his footing or was out-muscled by Wallace, who used incredible footwork to create separation and secure the catch from the broadcast footage.
Wallace’s physicality continues to be a key component of his game. He broke two tackles and gained crucial yards after the catch on a 3rd and 12 play that went for 18 yards. Wallace also demonstrated his willingness and ability to use that physicality in the ground game, blocking off Brown as he attempted to bring a Chuba Hubbard run to an end off the right side in the second quarter.
Oklahoma State welcomes Texas Tech to Stillwater this week in a game that should see Wallace return to his productive ways. The Red Raiders have allowed 38 points per game and over 450 yards of total yardage in 2020 thus far.
Oklahoma State struggled to win without Tylan Wallace
Wallace missed Saturday’s conference clash with Kansas State due to a mild muscle injury suffered during practices. Although the Oklahoma State Cowboys won 20-18 to strengthen their challenge for the Big 12 Championship, Wallace’s absence was notable as the offense struggled to get anything going.
The Cowboys failed to put up any points in the first half and only two field goals from Alex Hale, a Brennan Pressley touchdown run, and an 85-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Jason Taylor II to help them overcome a 12-0 half time deficit. Quarterback Spencer Sanders threw for just 108 yards at 4.7 yards per pass compared to the 10 yards per pass that he achieved against Texas with Wallace as his go-to target.
With Oklahoma State on a bye next week, Wallace is set to return for the “Bedlam” rivalry game against Oklahoma on November 21st. The matchup was the scene of one of Wallace’s best games in college football. He put up 220 yards and two touchdowns against the Sooners in 2018. The Oklahoma defense will give Wallace a chance to light up the box score in the same way, allowing 239.6 passing yards per game and 13 yards per completion so far in 2020.
Another exceptional performance by Tylan Wallace against a perennial conference challenger will help elevate his 2021 NFL Draft stock even further.