Jaelen has excellent size and hands to become a strong possession receiver for
the team that selects him. He loves contact and enjoys slant routes and crossing
routes, where he shows the greatest amount of speed. He has terrific run after
the catch skills and doesnít shy away from contact. Jaelen will get those tough
yards for you on third down and, because of his size and the way he uses his
body to shield the defender, he is very successful at moving the chains. Jaelen
will catch the ball when he is being contested and will fight for the ball in
the air, even adjusting to the ball in the air when he anticipates a bad throw.
He can play in the slot in the middle of the field and, in the red zone, he can
use his size and height as a mismatch against those smaller cornerbacks to score
touchdowns. Jaelen uses solid technique and his strength to get off the line and
beat bump and run coverage. He has excellent overall talent to be the type of
receiver that quarterbacks fall in love with on third downs.
Jaelen likes to body up on his opponent and as a result, runs poor routes with
little separation making just about every pass thrown to him a contested pass.
Thatís not good for the next level and if he doesnít start running routes
better, faster and quicker at the next level, Jaelen will only be a specialty
receiver instead of a starting receiver. He also struggles to catch the deep
ball with consistency, particularly if thrown too high. If he wants to be a
possession receiver, he needs to gain even more strength in his hands.
Jaelen looks to have very good speed when running slants and crossing routes,
but he doesnít show that speed at all on his other routes. He has a lot of bad
route running habits, but if he can straighten that part of his game out, Jaelen
can become a hell of a receiver because the talent is there. When he runs a deep
route, he slows up to put the defender on his back for some reason and when he
runs an out to the sidelines, he makes his cut and then slows down so that he
can put his defender on his back and make a contested catch. There is no reason
for this except that Jaelen has gotten into the habit of trying to make a simple
throw and catch more spectacular than it really has to be. I like that he is
strong running his routes and can easily beat bump and run coverage off the
line, but after he beats the coverage, once again, he slows up to make the catch
and that catch becomes contested when there was no need for it to be. Jalen can
become an excellent possession receiver, but he will have to change the way he
runs routes to become a top flight possession receiver. I think he can do it
with the right team and a quarterback with a strong arm.