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Jaelen Strong | Wide Receiver

Team: Arizona State Sun Devils
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205

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Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong logged 4.51 and 4.44 forty times at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Strong (6-foot-2, 217 pounds) measured in an inch shorter than his listed collegiate height. You already know he can leap off the carpet and go and get the ball, and showed why in posting a spectacular 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Strong, a late Round 1 or early Round 2 prospect, to Dwayne Bowe. Feb 21 - 11:19 PM

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Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is "very similar in body type and speed" to Dwayne Bowe, wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Bowe went in the first round without having great speed, and the same could happen to Strong," he noted. "Both can make contested catches and use their size very effectively." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Strong's evaluation is tied to how well he tests out at the combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 10:16 PM

An NFC West scout said "I love" Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong.

"He's not going to run fast, but it won't matter because any team who drafts him is going to have a plan for him," the scout said. "When he has a quarterback who can throw him open, his speed won't matter much. I love him." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Strong could very well be under-drafted over concerns about his speed. "No one aspect of Strong is awe-inspiring, but scouts love the entirety of his game and where it's headed," added NFL.com's Lance Zierlein. "Corners don't fear his speed -- he's a long-strider who takes a while to build speed, and he rarely gets separation deep against man-to-man coverage -- but his strength, size and ability to catch contested throws will be coveted by some teams. Think Dwayne Bowe."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 9:20 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper writes that it wouldn't surprise him "at all" to see Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong or Auburn WR Sammie Coates land in Round 1.

The analyst said so as a way to make a point about the riches of this year's receiving class: He ranks Strong and Coates as the Nos. 7 and 8 receivers, respectively. "Overall this is shaping up to be another deep class," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Strong's evaluation is strongly tied to how he performs at the combine.
Feb 2 - 6:48 PM

AZ Central Sports' Bob McManaman believes Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong will land with the Cleveland Browns at No.19 in his latest mock draft.

"It'll be interesting to see where Strong ends up, but as I mentioned earlier with (Josh) Gordon's unreliability, it could very well end up being here," McManaman wrote. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Strong was a former JUCO recruit, who has been quite productive the last two years for the Sun Devils. Some consider Strong a first-round caliber talent and cite his high pointing ability as his top trait. We will be interested to see how Strong tests at the Combine.
Source: AZ Central
Jan 15 - 3:35 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong caught seven passes for 103 yards in the school's 36-31 win over Duke.

It was Strong's final collegiate performance, and some believe he is due for a top 50 selection. Strong's name is apt, as one of his bets traits is winning in contested situations. The Combine will also be a meaningful event for Strong's evaluation.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 05:50:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong is a "natural hands catcher with the coordination and aggressive nature to win 50-50 balls and come down with contested catches," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Strong passes the eye test with an excellent blend of size and speed at the receiver position, giving his quarterback an easy target," Brugler wrote. We learned Monday that Strong will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. "This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life," Strong said in a statement. "I've spoken to my family and we feel it is best for me to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft." He ranks as CBS' No. 20 overall prospect. "Well built at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Strong has the ballskills and physicality of a basketball power forward, which makes sense as the son of John Rankin, who starred on the hardcourt at Drexel," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 09:45:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

The decision was an expected one. Strong is a former JUCO recruit who has been highly productive during his two seasons with the Sun Devils. Some consider Strong a first-round caliber talent and cite his high pointing ability as his top trait. We will be interested to see how Strong tests at the Combine. Arizona State faces Duke in their bowl game.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 07:41:00 PM

Arizona State HC Todd Graham said redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong hasn't made up his mind about the NFL draft.

"Give guys a chance to make a decision. No one's made a decision to do anything. Everybody's assuming somebody's going to go," Graham said. Sorry, Coach, but we also think Strong is headed to the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder has hauled in 75 receptions for 1,062 yards and ten touchdowns this season. ESPN's Mel Kiper recently wrote that Strong "is a second-round pick who could become a late first if he runs well."
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 03:37:00 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong "is a second-round pick who could become a late first if he runs well."

"I think he's a second-round pick who could become a late first if he runs well,'' Kiper said. "The big question will be separation speed, quickness out of your break, explosiveness out of your break. Pro day's going to be very important for Jaelen Strong, there's no question about that. He can't go to any postseason all-star games as (a junior)." The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Strong has hauled in 75 receptions for 1062 yards and ten touchdowns this season. Still, Strong should peak the curiosity of many teams and will likely wind up in the second-round.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 03:21:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong caught four passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in the school's 42-35 loss to Arizona.

Strong made a couple of spectacular grabs, include a 50 yarder and a difficult three yard touchdown grab. He did spend some time on the sideline, however, which has been a common outcome. Still, Strong should peak the curiosity of many teams and will likely wind up in the second-round.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 10:03:00 AM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong will play in Saturday’s Territorial Cup battle against Arizona.

The Arizona State prospect was held out of the Sun Devils game against Washington State for precautionary reasons, after sustaining a concussion the previous week versus Oregon. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Strong has hauled in 71 receptions for 982 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 04:03:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider notes that scouts are "concerned" with Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong's "lack of speed, quickness and the struggle he’ll have separating at the next level."

"Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong receives a lot of attention on the outside as the junior is in the midst of a career campaign. Speak to scouts and you’ll get a different point of view. Many are concerned with his lack of speed, quickness and the struggle he’ll have separating at the next level," Pauline writes. The Arizona State prospect has sustained his preseason buzz at the position and has displayed an ability to win at the catch point. He has totaled 71 receptions for 982 yards and nine touchdowns this season. Pauline notes that "scouts have stamped Strong as a third rounder based off the film and many grade Dres Anderson of Utah as a better receiver prospect for the next level."
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 03:39:00 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong is expected to play against Arizona after sitting out last weekend's game with a concussion.

Strong appeared to go through warmups against Washington State but was ultimately held out of the contest. Strong has been just that, winning in contested situations at the catch point and will likely jump to the NFL after this season.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 02:18:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong will not play against Washington State.

There were conflicting reports earlier and we chose to go with a beat writer who said Strong was expected to play after the receiver went the warmups. We apologize for that information being wrong. Strong suffered a concussion last week.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 01:03:00 PM