Jaylen Waddle may be just as good as new Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has been one of the best receivers in the NFL in the six years he’s been in the NFL. Amazingly, he has made the Pro Bowl every year he has been in the league. He’s the fastest player in the NFL and he’s accumulated over 6,600 yards and 56 touchdowns.
Waddle Is A Receiver That May Be As Good As Hill
However, Hill’s Dolphins teammate, receiver Jaylen Waddle has the ability to become just as good as Hill. Upon being drafted as a receiver out of Alabama, many comparisons were made with Waddle to Hill. And Waddle is fast, and he believes he is as fast or even faster than Hill. While Waddle was a guest on Hill’s podcast, “It Needed to Be Said,” Waddle said he believe he was faster than Hill.
Many columnists have erroneously reported that Waddle only runs a 4.37 40, but that 40-yard dash time is from when he was just a kid in high school. Both Hill and Waddle never had an official NFL Combine 40 time. But Hill’s Pro Day 40 time was 4.29 seconds.
The closest comparison to how fast Waddle really is would be a race he had with Henry Ruggs during his college days at Alabama. Henry Ruggs had an official NFL combine 40 time of 4.27 seconds. At Alabama, Waddle raced Ruggs twice. For one race, Ruggs beat Waddle by one step and the other race, Waddle tied Ruggs.
When it comes to mph, it appears that the times that have been clocked that Hill was slightly faster. Hill has been clocked anywhere from 22 to just over 23 mph while Waddle has been clocked close to 22 mph.
Just like Hill, Waddle can be an explosive player. Prior to the 2020 college football season, ESPN named Waddle “The Most Exciting Player of 2020” for all of college football. Former teammate and Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith said that he would have never won the Heisman if Waddle had never gotten hurt.
Waddle had only played in four full games before breaking his ankle on the first play of the fifth game trying to return a kick during the 2020 college football season. For the four games he did play, Waddle had already had 557 receiving yards and four touchdowns. That was at an unbelievable pace that would have put him in uncharted territory if he had played the entire season.
Waddle broke Anquan Bolden’s NFL rookie reception record with 104 receptions. Many unknowledgeable sports analysts have faulted Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for Waddle’s low yards per reception number, which was 9.8. But unknown to those many analysts was the fact that the Dolphins 2021 play designs didn’t call for downfield passes. Waddle was primarily used as a YAC player and wasn’t used in downfield plays very often. Additionally, he was unable to get much separation due to being double and triple covered most of the time.
Fortunately, new Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel will be able to give Waddle some breathing room with the addition of Hill being on the field at the same time. Waddle’s future is nowhere but up.