One of the few top shelf wide receiver prospects that doesn’t necessarily jump off the page as a freak athlete, Jaelen Strong wows scouts more with his total package than any one thing. Blessed with good size and length, Strong already has the ability to out-smart cornerbacks and compete for contested balls. Strong isn’t the type of wide receiver many would think about for the first round, but he actually could hear his name called among the first 32 picks due to how steady of a receiver he already is – as well as the fact that he doesn’t rely solely on athleticism to win one-on-one battles. There’s more to his game, though. Let’s break down his talent and see why he may have a shot at going in round one of the 2015 NFL Draft:

Strengths

  • Straight line speed is a plus combined with a great frame
  • Wins the 50/50 balls regularly
  • Great red zone threat that shows off strong hands and fight when the ball is in the air
  • Not bullied easily in press coverage
  • Route running much improved, but still something to work on

Weaknesses

  • Quickness is lacking in and out of cuts
  • Mental lapses occasionally with easy balls
  • Could save himself some stress with better positioning with the ball in the air
  • Mediocre run blocker with room to improve
  • Inconsistent between the hash marks in traffic
  • Struggles to consistently create separation down field

Draft Range: Late First, Early Second

Player Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins

About The Author Keet Bailey

Keet is the Breaking Football NFL Draft project leader. A huge draft enthusiast, Keet has covered the NFL draft for over 15 years. An avid Cleveland Browns fan, Keet resides in Ohio.