NFL Draft Analysis: Mike Wallace, WR, Mississippi Rebels

by Cory J. Bonini on April 9, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


The blazing fast Mike Wallace, a senior wideout from the University of Mississippi, enters the 2009 NFL Draft as an intriguing prospect for teams looking to draft a player with speed to burn.

As a junior, Wallace averaged 18.8 yards per reception. He finished the seasons with 38 catches for 716 yards and six touchdowns. In 2008, the senior pass catcher hauled in 39 balls for 784 yards (20.1 per reception) and seven touchdown passes. His yards-per-reception average increased each year, starting at 17.1 per catch as a sophomore in 2006.

Strengths

  • Fast - clocked between 4.28-4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine
  • Adequate size at 6-foot 3/8, 199 pounds and has room to add mass
  • Adept at tracking the ball over his shoulder at full speed
  • Ability as a kickoff return specialist

Weaknesses

  • Needs to catch with his hands more often - allows too many passes to hit his chest
  • Wallace's route-running skills are not up to par, but he is improving
  • Is easy to jam at the line of scrimmage
  • Isn't very elusive in the open field
  • Is a one-trick pony

Expected draft placement

Wallace is likely to be a late-round flier pick, probably no higher than the fifth round, but it is unlikely that he goes undrafted despite being one-dimensional.

The Tennessee Titans met with Wallace earlier this month. Any number of teams could be interested in Wallace's services if they are in love with his raw speed and are willing to work with a project player.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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