Photo of Darren Waller
Drafted By: Ravens

Combine Results

Grade
5.42 ?
  • 4.46 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 37.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.07 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.25 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.35 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Baltimore adds a giant perimeter receiver who had limited positional development playing in Georgia Tech's run option system. Some see him as a potential tight end convert. Regardless, he has the rare size and ball skills resemble Trestman's receiving corps in Chicago. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'6" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 238LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands

Overview

Suspended for season-opening games in both 2013 and 2014 (suspended two games total in 2014) for violation of team rules. Invited to play in 2015 East-West Shrine Game. In 2014, started the final eight games of the season and scored a touchdown in each of his final three games, including an Orange Bowl win over Mississippi State where he finished with five catches for 114 yards. From 2011-13, made 14 starts and played in 38 games. Was a two-year team captain in high school, playing both wide receiver and defensive back.

Analysis

Strengths

Yet another Georgia Tech receiver with great length. Plays to his height. Gathers himself and boxes out defenders on fades and jump balls. Uses long arms and gets on his ladder to sky over cornerbacks and high point throws. Effortless strider with untapped vertical speed to go yard. Plus body control. Usually gets two feet in bounds on sideline throws. Plucks the ball with extended hands. Doesn't fear hits from safeties. Almost impossible to guard on back-shoulder throws. Confident and competitive when the ball is in the air.

Weaknesses

Will lose speed when turning to locate ball. Shield blocker in run game, giving very modest effort by Georgia Tech standards. Raw route runner with limited exposure to complex routes. Rounds off in-breaking and out routes. Needs improved understanding of leverage and how to create separation with it. Allows smaller cornerbacks to crowd him. Forced just two pass-interference calls over the last two seasons. Limited production and targets over career.

Draft Projection

Round 3 or 4

NFL Comparison

Brian Quick

Bottom Line

Late bloomer who is faster than quick and has coveted size-speed combination. Waller isn't just a tall receiver, he has legitimate hands and body control and can impose his size on mismatched cornerbacks. Waller has a low floor, but with a little more competitive fire and technique work, he could become a legitimate touchdown maker in the league.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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