NAME: Tylan Wallace
POSITION: Wide Receiver
SCHOOL: Oklahoma State
WEIGHT: 193 pounds
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High School Star
Tylan Wallace attended South Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas. And his career high school receiving production was one for the ages. He totaled the following results year after year for receiving yards (587, 801, 1,439, 933). Those 3,760 receiving yards placed Wallace among the top 15 players in Texas high school football history, in terms of career receiving yards. He also notched 48 receiving touchdowns and 182 receptions (20.7 yards per catch) in high school. Additionally, Wallace was an all-state academic honoree and a standout athlete in baseball and track and field.
Subsequently, ESPN rated him as a four-star recruit, the number 74 overall player in the nation in his class, the 13th best wide receiver prospect and the number 16 prospect to come out of the state of Texas. Wallace chose to play college football at Oklahoma State. Though he had a plethora of other offers, including Oklahoma, Michigan, Washington, Notre Dame, Oregon, Kansas State, Missouri, Virginia, Arizona State, Vanderbilt, Houston, Tulsa, Maryland, SMU and Florida International.
In his freshman season of 2017, Wallace played in all 13 games, but saw minimal production. He became a full time starter in 2018. And the receiver burst onto the scene in a large way. He was at or near the top in many categories around the nation. Wallace led the nation with 63 receptions of 10 yards or longer and tied for second in FBS with 25 receptions of 20 yards or longer. His 17.33 yards per reception led the FBS among players with a minimum of 80 catches. Moreover, Wallace ranked second nationally with 1,491 receiving yards and was third nationally with 114.7 receiving yards per game. The Oklahoma State playmaker finished that season with first team All-Big 12 and All-American honors. Finally, he was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award.
His 2019 season got off to a roaring start. However, Wallace suffered a torn ACL in practice in early November. He finished with 53 receptions, 903 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. At the time of his injury, Wallace was leading the nation with 17 yards per reception. He was also leading the Big 12 in receiving yards and receiving yards per game at that time. Meanwhile, his receiving touchdowns ranked second. Despite missing the latter part of the year, Wallace still earned second team All-Big 12 honors. His 2020 campaign was nearly a mirror image, in terms of production. During a shortened season, he caught 59 passes for 922 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns. Wallace again earned first team All-Big 12 honors. His twin brother, Tracin, also played at Oklahoma State.
There may not be many other receivers in this year’s class, who are more comfortable in contested catch situations. Wallace does well to shield the ball with his body, despite a hand being on him or in his face. This is all because of how he attacks the football when it is in the air. Wallace also displays natural hands. No catch is too difficult for him, and he rarely has a catch attempt where he does not extend his arms away from his chest. This receiver does well to contort or maneuver his body, in order to track the football. Wallace simply makes some of the more difficult catches look fairly easy.
Wallace is so deceptive as a a route runner. There are plenty of reps, where he comes back to the football or breaks to the outside, and the defender loses track of him quickly. His routes are smooth and it is because of how under control he is. Those little subtleties Wallace uses when cutting or attempting to fake out the defensive back, keep opponents off balance. Meanwhile, there are times when he creates ample room for a run after catch opportunity. Especially against man coverage, Wallace attacks his spot or area and takes crisp angles. This receiver may be knocked for a somewhat limited route tree. The potential is there though, that he can win in any one on one situation, while mixing in toughness, with fluid routes.
Playing in an offense like Oklahoma State’s, Wallace has been able to read coverages and find their weak points. He understands leverage points and angles so precisely. Going back to those subtleties a little more, this is where Wallace creates the most of his separation. He has a knack for knowing when to slow it down and sit in the zone. Or, the receiver can go full throttle, push the limit and force defenders to have to make difficult decisions. Plenty of times, this will create defensive penalties. Wallace also does well after the catch to pick up as much yardage as he can. He is very knowledgeable with how he handles oncoming tacklers. You see him protect the football at all costs. At the same time, he is not afraid to turn his shoulder and get low, or attempt to run through you. Wallace is decisive about attacking angles in the open field. Lastly, he has a solid feel for defenders in space and the boundary.
Wallace is obviously touted for his success in 50-50 situations. The problem is, those opportunities arise more often than you would like. He has not shown the ability to stack defensive backs consistently. They either stay on top of his routes, or squeeze down on Wallace and disrupt his timing. His ability to tight rope the sideline and make catches near the boundary are nice. However, too often the defender forces him into a tight window. His job of giving the quarterback plenty of room to fit it in to those areas, will have to improve. Defenders will takeaway those slight windows more often at the NFL level. Elsewhere, Wallace has tried to simply run around the opponent. They are able to stick to his hip and are not going to be fooled by that.
Wallace does not have the long speed to be able to run away from guys. His toughness and contact balance can make up for that after the catch. Nonetheless, Wallace creates most of his splash plays with high level competitiveness and anticipation. He can run a bit high-kneed at times. On the flip side, his steps can become rather choppy in traffic. His fastest moments came on screen passes or slants. Though, Wallace is still not going to surprise or wow you by finding a second gear. His acceleration is all one speed, and one speed only.
His release package is extremely limited overall. Mostly attempting to work to the outside shoulder of the defender, Wallace was generally allotted a smaller surface area. There are also issues with working through contact. Defenders have been able to strike his chest at the line of scrimmage. Thus, it can take an elongated period of time for him to work up the field off of that. Wallace can stand to hand fight more. In order to get the opponent’s hands off of him more rapidly, he will have to release cleaner. If not, defenders have the ability to take away his route before it even gets started. Possibly, playing in a new scheme will help the receiver in this area.
As of this writing, Kansas City has still not made any significant upgrades to the wide receiver position. Tylan can win in all three levels of the field. Furthermore, he has experience as a possession type of receiver. He may not be as undersized as other receivers in this class. But, Wallace offers a ton, in terms of playing bigger than his weight would suggest. He has mostly played as a Z-receiver. The transition to X-receiver with the Chiefs may not be entirely difficult. Overall, this wideout could be a high volume receiver, with a big play threat and run after catch ability. A nice fit in an offense that loves to continually throw the football.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.