Jaelen Strong has been regularly involved in conversations concerning the best wide receiver prospects in this draft.
Many are unsure of the 21-year-old JUCO transfer despite two dominant seasons with the Sun Devils that saw him amass 157 receptions for 2,287 yards and 17 touchdowns. Still, there is a strong contingent that believes Strong is of the elite pass catchers in this class, and it's one of the reasons why he may possibly be hearing his name called within the first 32 picks of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Weight: 217 pounds
College Career: Strong's college career began at Pierce College, where he hauled in 67 passes for 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns in just 10 games. Strong redshirted his first year at ASU, however quickly became a household name in Tempe during his redshirt sophomore season, and was named to the all-Pac-12 Second Team. His redshirt junior year, Strong continued to emerge as a top receiver in the country, earning four All-American Awards, and was named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist.
Strengths: Strong arguably has the most consistent (and strongest) hands in this year's class. After being targeted on 34% of the team's passing attempts in 2014, Strong consistently displayed great body control and leaping ability to high-point passes. His signature route, the back-shoulder fade, was one of the most entertaining plays in college football.
Strong also brings some versatility within his skillset, too. According to Pro Football Focus, Strong was the best slot receiver in college football last season, and demonstrated his versatility through his expansive route tree composed of routes of all levels on both sides of the formation.
Weaknesses: Strong does posses some straight-line speed, however isn't a quick twitch guy who will cut by defenders with ease. His route running is also noticeably stiff as well, and it enables defenders to stick with him throughout the course of routes from time to time.
Outlook: Strong possesses the traits and the skillset to eventually develop into a No. 1 target at the pro level. At the very least, he'll be a solid complementary receiver for a team that already features a go-to option before growing into a more prominent role. His speed is a concern, although should he fall into the right situation, it won't be too costly at the next level. His playing style is predicated on positioning and body control, making him more of a possession target. He'll succeed in his given areas, it's just a matter of whether or not those areas are enough to catapult him into the ranks of the top tier in the NFL.
Round Projection: late 1st/early 2nd
Prediction: Round 1, Pick 26 (26th overall), Baltimore Ravens