Doug & Wolf’s Ron Wolfley loves himself some freaks of nature.
When it comes to NFL prospects, those who stand out athletically represent hope, upside and high ceilings. They are prospects who pop not only on the film but in the weight room and with stop-watches ticking away.
Sometimes, it’s more about the combine results than it is the production on the field.
Here are the prospects for 2021 who scream for us to use the draft’s best clichés: the twitchy, explosive and hip-flipping masters. But let’s allow our Arizona Sports host explain it in his way.
Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle
Wolf’s words: “Jaylen Waddle is the bullet, ladies and gentlemen. You better believe it. Jaylen Waddle might have more speed than any other receiver in the draft … he’s a projectile on the field possessing explosive quickness and overhead acceleration that makes NFL general managers think of Tyreek Hill. His speed in games tracked by GPS is the stuff of legend. He is game speed that doesn’t show up on clocks.”
Penn State LB Micah Parsons
Wolf’s words: “Micah Parsons ran a 4.39 and told Nick Saban to back off — we like him already. … Saban wanted Parsons to play for Alabama, but the kid from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania wanted to stay close to home, so he kicked Saban in the shorts and told him to beat it.”
Penn State EDGE Jayson Oweh
Wolf’s words: “See the man they call The Blair Witch Project … Jayson Oweh is the epitome of a freak, the definition of Wolf’s Freak Show. He attended Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey. Oweh’s pro day was a spectacle of legend. They lined the prospect up and watched him clock a 4.36 40(-yard dash) … at 257 pounds. That does not happen.
“Oweh posted a 40-inch vertical, a broad jump of 11 feet, 2 inches, and a 6.84(-second) three-cone drill with arms over 34 inches, all elite numbers, a witch’s brew of things we do not speak of, Basinonians.”
Florida TE Kyle Pitts
Wolf’s words: “If Kyle Pitts goes in the top five tonight, he will be the highest drafted tight end since the early 1970’s. For the first time in NFL history, a tight end is the best non-quarterback prospect in the draft, a unicorn indeed. Watch Pitts move and you’ll start to see why scouts refer to him as this mythical creature. His frame is that of a thoroughbred. His gait is beautiful, with his feet up underneath him running a 4.40 40(-yard dash) and his astounding catch radius is ridiculous.”