2022 Guide: What Ourlads’ NFL Scouting Services said about JALEN TOLBERT:
South Alabama, 6011 194 4.44. Three-year starter, Mobile, AL. Earned first-team All-Sun Belt honors the last two seasons. Was a late bloomer in high school and did not receive a lot of attention from major programs. Then suffered a knee injury in 2017, forcing him to redshirt. Started to show glimpses of greatness in 2019 before really taking off a season later. He went on to set, and then re-set school records. The silky-smooth athlete makes the position look easy. His ability to play at different gears and attack the ball with precision and strength can make him a dangerous threat on all levels of the route tree. His skill set needs a lot of work, however, and a team will need patience before they throw him on the field. Drops too many balls and his body control as a route runner is inconsistent. These things are correctable, and his natural gifts are noteworthy. Smooth accelerator in all directions that has a final gear to get behind the secondary. Shows plus-coordination and contact strength in contested situations. Plays aware of spacing regarding boundaries and defenders. Alters his path to the ball with twists and turns of his torso with ease. Smooth lower half when it comes to transitions and change of direction. Can make the tough, outstretched catch on balls away from his body. Will track the ball well from all angles. Has a natural presence about him. Can break himself down while moving at full speed coming back to the ball. Shows promise as a route runner. Too many drops on easy balls. Does not have a fluid, coordinated catching pattern. Will double catch a lot of balls and allow too many to hit the turf. Route variety was limited and has a lot of subtle components to clean up. Shows inconsistent efforts as a blocker.
2021 stats: 82-1474, 17.9 ypr, 8 TD. OSR:15/33. Third/fourth round. (A-32 1/4, H-10, VJ-36, SS-4.24).