So you like one handed catches? How many times has ESPN played Odell Beckham’s catch by now? And you aren’t tired of it yet are you? Me neither. Want to know an alien secret? There will be more great catches in 2015. Earthlings don’t have a 6th sense – but I do! I see Jaelen Strong making everyone spill their beers in 2015.
Jaelen Strong is a 6’3 wideout from Arizona State. Whomever named him must be part alien because they clearly have a sixth sense too. This Earthling is probably one of the most physical wideouts in the draft. Most experts compare him to other physical wide receivers in the NFL like Dwayne Bowe or Marquis Colston.
But Strong is more than just a physically imposing wide receiver. He has enough deceptive speed to be a legitimate deep threat and rare leaping ability to get up there and win the 50/50. Look at him high point that ball! Do I even have to tell you he played basketball in high school? He is basically a power forward playing wide receiver.
The ball is in the air, he tracks it down, gets it before anyone else can get near it and if he is not in the endzone when he lands, well you try to bring him down foolish Earthling. Strong has the strength to be a real force after the catch. The Sun Devils used him a lot on bubble screens, short hitches and shallow patterns. Think Ryan Tannehill might like a weapon like that?
Some Earthlings might suggest he is a bit raw after transferring from JUCO but some Earthlings turn their nosea up at filet mignon because it needs to be cooked too – so they eat tofu. Well I don’t want tofu. I want a receiver with hands so strong he crushes the football.
Strong might not make your draw jaw drop when he runs the 40 at the combine – speed is not his strong suit, strength is. Don’t be mislead by that last statement though. Strong has a track background, specifically the triple jump. He is a long strider and has an elite level of build up speed. That build up speed paired with his physical ability can wreak havoc on a secondary. Step 1 towards the DB, the DB doesn’t know what he is doing, step 2, the DB still doesn’t know, step 3, Strong is almost in the body of the DB, the DB plants his foot and Strong explodes in another direction – now he is wide open.
If Jaelen Strong was an Alien Weapon of Destruction, he would be the Lunar Claw of Upper Unnova. CLAMP – Strong just grabbed you!