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, and he should garner early-round consideration.
Tylan Wallace NFL Draft Profile
Height: 6 foot
Weight: 190 pounds
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Oklahoma State University
Current Year: Senior
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.
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 he put up 220 yards over Oklahoma. The best players turn up in the biggest games and the Oklahoma State wide receiver combined for four touchdowns against the best two teams in the Big 12.
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.
Sooners shut down Wallace in Bedlam win
Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace once again led the team in receptions and receiving yards, but 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.
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 but 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.
As mentioned previously in this profile, one of the main concerns for Wallace’s NFL projections is his ability to perform against press coverage — and 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.
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.
From the broadcast footage, it is difficult to tell if Brown lost his footing or was just out-muscled by Wallace, who used incredible footwork to create separation and secure the catch.
Wallace’s physicality continues to be a key component of his game. He showcased it to break two tackles and gain 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 Big 12 conference clash with Kansas State due to a mild muscle injury suffered during game week 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 when 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.
Tylan Wallace terrorizes Texas to further boost NFL Draft stock despite Oklahoma State loss
Terrorizing the Texas secondary has become a Tylan Wallace specialty. The Oklahoma State wider receiver set career-high receiving figures against the Longhorns in 2018 and burned their beleaguered defense to the tune of 187 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday afternoon.
Ultimately, the Cowboys slipped to a 41-34 overtime defeat — their first of the year. Wallace once again demonstrated a wondrous skill set that will only enhance his 2021 NFL Draft stock. He was simply unstoppable with a series of highlight-reel catches, chunk plays, and chain moving first down grabs.
Wallace opened the game with a wide-open reception that he converted for a 28-yard gain, showing the physicality that has become his hallmark to lower the shoulder and grind out extra yards at the end of the play. Five plays later, a slant route saw Wallace latch on to a beautifully placed ball from Spencer Sanders in the end zone to open the scoring.
That physicality, combined with Wallace’s excellent body control, was on display midway through the second quarter. Faced with a first and 15 deep in Oklahoma State territory, Wallace pulled off a delightful catch for another 28-yard gain. Releasing to the outside against press coverage, Wallace snagged a jumping, twisting catch after turning his head to track the ball, plucking the ball out of the air and tucking it away to secure possession and a big gain.
Wallace’s ability to track the ball whilst winning a physical battle resulted in Oklahoma State’s final touchdown of the game. Wallace never took his eye off the ball with a cornerback draped all over him as Sanders threw the ball into the end zone. Even though the ball was underthrown, Wallace elevated and grabbed the ball behind the cornerback’s helmet, who never got his head around to see what was about to happen, for a touchdown and a 31-20 lead.
The productive night took Wallace to 583 yards and four touchdowns for the 2020 season. If he continues at his current rate of production, he could end the season with over 1,200 receiving yards. That would take him above Justin Blackmon to third in the Oklahoma State receiving record books and make him increasingly difficult to overlook in the wide receiver conversation for the 2021 NFL Draft.