Jaylen Waddle to the Dolphins: What Kind of Numbers Will Waddle Produce?
Waddle was a big-play weapon in college, averaging 18.9 yards per grab for his career, including 21.1 per catch in 2020, which ranks in the 96th percentile, according to PlayerProfiler. He leads all wideouts in this class in yards per route run, per PFF.
But Waddle lacks standout metrics elsewhere because injuries shortened his college career. Going by PlayerProfiler's numbers, he sports a 32nd percentile college dominator rating, 20th percentile breakout age and 9th percentile college target share.
What will Waddle bring to Miami?
numberFire's JJ Zachariason and Jim Sannes break down Waddle's profile, and JJ gives his top comparison.
A mix of Henry Ruggs and Tyreek Hill?@LateRoundQB explains why brand new Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle is one of the best receivers in this class #FinsUp | #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/XUk2SjvKfu
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Brandon Gdula's draft database has found these 10 prior prospects to have the most similar statistical profiles to Waddle. Keep in mind that these are based not on play style or traits but age, athleticism, draft equity, experience, efficiency, and production.
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Gdula's Take: Waddle's comparisons range pretty widely. He had a late breakout age and a low overall market share (understandable at Alabama). We should probably anticipate that he hits closer to the Diontae Johnson and John Brown results in the NFL.
Waddle's 2021 Fantasy Football Projection
Zachariason's initial projections for Waddle include 55 catches, 760 yards and 4.7 scores across 17 games, making him the PPR WR53 for the season.