2022 DFF Draft Coverage: Jalen Wydermyer

Jalen Wydermyer | Texas A&M 6’4” 255 lbs. | 12/20/2000 (Age 21)

Texas A&M tight end Jalen Wydermyer – The Post Newspaper

Jalen Wydermyer was signed by the Buffalo Bills as a UDFA.

COLLEGE PRODUCTION

 Year  Games Played    Receptions    Yards    Yards/Catch    TDs  
 2019 (FR)  12  32  447  14.0  6
 2020 (SO)    10  46  506  11.0  6
 2021 (JR)   12  40  515  12.9  4

Wydermyer produced at the college level right away. The four-star high school recruit hauled in 32 receptions for 447 yards and six touchdowns as a true freshman. He followed the impressive start to his collegiate career with two-straight seasons of at least 50 receptions, 500 yards, and four touchdowns. He was a finalist for the John Mackey Award (nation’s top tight end) in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Wydermyer has also hauled in the most career touchdowns by any Texas A&M tight end with 16. 

STRENGTHS

Size and tools to become a solid blocker at the pro level. Excels in corner deep routes. Able to create separation, as a vertical threat. Able to adjust to off-target throws. Displays great athleticism, and has all the tools to become a true “Y” tight end. Bounces off defenders and has a knack for keeping his feet moving to gain more yards after the catch. 

WEAKNESSES 

Put together a disappointing 2021 season, as he displayed inconsistency with hauling in passes. Drops too many passes, and he’s not aggressive enough when working back to the ball. Needs to impose his will more on top of his routes and as a run-blocker. Not a great route-runner when it comes to breaks and out routes. 

ATHLETIC TESTING

At the NFL combine, Wydermyer measured in at 6’4” and 255 lbs. Which equates to a BMI of 31.0. He did not participate in any athletic testing at the combine. At his Pro Day, he ran a 5.02 40-yard dash (2nd percentile), which at his height and weight equates to a 76.8-speed score (2nd percentile). Wydermyer also recorded a college dominator of 23.3 percent (71st percentile). 

Wydermyer doesn’t possess any elite traits or skills. His hand size (9 ¾”), arm length (33 ⅛“), and wingspan (81“) are ideal sizes for a pro tight end. His one red flag is that he may be a little undersized (6’4”) for his position.  

FANTASY INSIGHTS

Buffalo welcomes Wydermyer to a tight end room that features up-and-coming star Dawson Knox and a former first-round pick in O.J. Howard. Wydermyer should battle for the TE3 spot against Tommy Sweeney and Quinton Morris, but his fantasy outlook isn’t bright. Buffalo has a plethora of great pass-catchers on their team, and it’s going to be nearly impossible for Wydnermyer to make an impact early on in his career. He may not even be worth a spot on your taxi squad unless he finds himself playing for someone else when the season starts. 

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