WR Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama

6’3” – 190 lbs.

Background:

Alabama local who redshirted after sustaining a knee injury, then played sparingly the next year. Worked his way into the starting lineup a little bit as a sophomore, finishing with 27-521-6 (19.3), then became a full-time starter in 2020, going 64-1,085-8 (17.0). Enjoyed an even more productive senior season of 82-1,474-8 (18.0) to conclude his career.

Positives:

Escalating production culminating in a big senior season. Tall receiver who played both inside and outside for the Jaguars. Very good athlete whose overall flexibility really stands out. Simple but efficient releases at the line against press. Quickness at the route stem is impressive for a player as tall as he is. Was able to uncover downfield at the college level, with what appears to be impressive top-end speed; averaged over fifteen yards per catch in each season. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder, with impressive coordination. Able to pluck the ball away from his frame, with a pretty wide radius and the ability to adjust to throws away from his frame. Impressive toughness and focus to come down with throws in tight coverage; doesn’t appear to be too bothered by physicality. Deep speed opened up a lot of things underneath for him as opponents gave him generous cushions, enabling a sizable chunk of his production. Really dangerous with the ball in his hands; picked up a lot of his yardage on hitches, curls, slants, shallow crosses, and other routes of that nature, showing the ability to weave through traffic and reach another gear when he finds a lane.

Negatives:

Played against a relatively low level of competition in college, and his production may have been somewhat inflated by a high percentage of underneath routes against off coverage. Tall and long-limbed, but will probably be asked to gain additional weight and add functional strength. Can be bullied by physical defensive backs at and near the line of scrimmage; might also struggle to hold up as a blocker at the moment. Glides through some route stems. Didn’t run too many intermediate routes during the games reviewed. Occasional focus drops. Not the most physical blocker.

Summary:

A college playmaker who offers an impressive combination of height, length, quickness, flexibility, and toughness, he possesses starting-caliber traits, but overall draft stock is somewhat hard to predict given the small school he’s coming from. Will need to get stronger and improve his attention to detail as a route runner, but doesn’t appear to have any major weaknesses that can’t be addressed by further development.

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