Tyreek Hill isn't your prototypical No. 1 wide receiver, but his blazing speed has made the Kansas City Chiefs star a three-time All-Pro, and put him on a path to Canton.
Naturally then, teams covet any prospect that has any traits similar to those of Hill.
Former Alabama running back Najee Harris - a potential first-round pick himself - says that his former collegiate teammate Jaylen Waddle possess some skills that remind him of Hill.
“He’s small, but he’s dynamic. He’s explosive...really, really explosive - [he's the] closest thing to Tyreek Hill," Harris said of Waddle to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "You gotta see him in person...how he plays...how he gets in and out of cuts...how he stops and goes 60 right away.”
LSU's Ja'Marr Chase is likely to be the first wide receiver off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he'll compete with Florida tight end Kyle Pitts to be the top pass catcher selected in this year's class. After that, though, Waddle could very well be in play.
Waddle's former Alabama teammate DeVonta Smith won the 2020 Heisman Trophy, cementing an incredible season with a dominant performance in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Ohio State. However, the further we've moved away from the 2020 NCAA season, more and more experts have emerged with the opinion that Waddle is as good of an NFL prospect or even better than Smith.
Despite a right ankle injury costing him much of his junior season at Alabama, both The Draft Network and NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah have Waddle ranked as one of the six best prospects at any position in this year's class, ahead of Smith.
The Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles are among the teams that may miss out on Chase and Pitts, but would be thrilled to fall back on Waddle in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.