#8
Jalen Tolbert
Rec Yards TD
82 1474 8
Team: South Alabama JaguarsHeight: 6-3 Born: N/A
Position: WRWeight: 190 Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

40 Time: 4.55

Third-Fourth Round

Overview: A Mobile, Ala., high school three-sport standout (football, baseball, basketball), Tolbert stayed home and ignored SEC (Vanderbilt) and Big Ten (Michigan State) interest. Redshirted due to injury in 2017 and caught only five passes for 60 yards in 2018 before emerging as the Jaguars' big-play threat in 2019 with six touchdowns. He had 521 yards on 27 catches, a healthy 19.3 yards per catch. He set, and then set again, South Alabama single-season marks for catches and receiving yards over his junior and senior seasons, capping his career in 2021 with 82 grabs for 1,474 yards and eight scores. The two-time All-Sun Belt pick also got to stay home for the Senior Bowl, where practices and the week-ending game were at the same stadium (Hancock Whitney) he starred in for the Jaguars.

Strengths: Prototype split end build with above-average size and good definition. Plays bigger with good strength and determination to run through jams and win at the catch point. Uses timing, core power and strong hands to win above the rim. Sneaky downfield speed to go over the top. Crafty hesitation and footwork to create late separation. Smooth accelerator with winnable deep straight-line speed. Intriguing YAC ability for a big receiver, demonstrating vision, courage and balance through contact. He has at least adequate agility and acceleration. Dominated lower-level competition but held his own against Tennessee (2021) and didn't look out of place at the Senior Bowl.

Weaknesses: Single-speed runner with no explosive element. Shows reasonable quickness off the line to eat up the cushion against off-man coverage but doesn't show much sudden snap to his breaks, using big frame and strength to catch passes with defenders closing. Smooth, not sudden, in acceleration. Won't scare NFL cornerbacks with his vertical game. Too many drops and concentration issues evident when he is clearly attempting to make a move to elude defenders before securing the ball fully. Isn't the consistent presence his frame suggests as a blocker. Suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2017.

Pro Comp: N'Keal Harry, Patriots - He's 20 pounds lighter than Harry, but Tolbert plays a similar brand of football, using his size and strength to bully defenders while also showing just enough speed to surprise over the top.


Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2018 USA  12 0 0 - 0 5 60 12.0 0
2019 USA  12 0 0 - 0 27 521 19.3 6
2020 USA  11 0 0 - 0 64 1085 17.0 8
2021 USA  12 0 0 - 0 82 1474 18.0 8
Career   47 0 0 - 0 178 3140 17.6 22

Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2019 USA  12 0
Career   47 0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/4/2021 SouMis 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 5 168 33.6 0 49
9/11/2021 @ BGSU 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 7 95 13.6 0 42
9/18/2021 Alc 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 2 54 27.0 0 40
10/2/2021 UL-Laf 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 6 143 23.8 0 61
10/9/2021 @ TxSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 5 84 16.8 1 43
10/14/2021 GaSo 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 11 174 15.8 1 40
10/23/2021 @ UL-Mon 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 10 155 15.5 2 55
10/30/2021 ArkSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 8 94 11.8 2 30
11/6/2021 @ Troy 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 65 16.3 0 27
11/13/2021 @ App 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 7 108 15.4 0 24
11/20/2021 @ Tenn 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 7 143 20.4 1 68
11/26/2021 CoastC 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 10 191 19.1 1 57