Even though Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle suffered a broken ankle with six games left in the 2021 season, he is still revered as a top receiver in the NFL draft.
Waddle, a junior from Houston, started the 2021 college football season catching 28 passes for 591 yards and four touchdowns. Despite his major injury, Waddle was still able to suit up for the national championship game against Ohio State.
NFL analyst Lance Zierlein compares Waddle to Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill.
“That kinds of speed changes everything when it comes to game-planning for the other guys,” a personnel director for an AFC team said. “They have to account for him any time he’s on the field and that’s going to help your entire offense when you think about it.”