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Jaelen Strong | Wide Receiver

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

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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. Dec 22 - 9:45 PM
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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.
Dec 22 - 7:41 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."
Dec 18 - 3:37 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.
Dec 11 - 3:21 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.
Nov 29 - 10:03 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.
Nov 26 - 4:03 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."
Nov 24 - 3:39 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.
Nov 24 - 2:18 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.
Nov 22 - 1:03 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong suffered a concussion during Saturday's game and is considered questionable versus Washington State.

Head coach Todd Graham said Strong is "probably 50-50" to play. Graham even went on to call it a "light" concussion. We did not know those existed. Strong 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.
Nov 19 - 9:22 AM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong caught nine passes for 109 yards in Saturday's loss to Oregon State.

Coming into the game, scouts wanted to see a consistent game from Strong, who had not topped 80 yards receiving in any of his last five efforts. The junior looked the part of a No. 1 wideout against Oregon State, though. Unlike most of his teammates, Strong seemed perfectly comfortable on a frigid night. He converted multiple first downs and almost made a highlight reel touchdown catch over a defender in the corner of the end zone. Strong wasn't quite able to tap his toe down despite hauling in the ball. At several points, he looked exasperated at quarterback Taylor Kelly's various misthrows, but Strong showed a good head not to get too frustrated.
Nov 16 - 5:55 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote that Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong has to "continue to do the things it takes to be a No. 1 receiver" through the rest of the season.

As NFL.com analyst Brooks noted, Strong will be the best prospect on the field in this weekend's match-up with Oregon State. These are the kinds of games where Strong should shine. While the big-bodied (6-foot-4, 212 pounds) junior has seven touchdown catches in his last five games, he has not cracked 80 yards receiving in any of those contests. Strong put up huge games against USC and UCLA earlier this season, but scouts want to see a little more consistency.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 14 - 6:36 PM

ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that as a "pure matchup headache," Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong is one of the best in the country.

Kiper actually said that he might be the best match-up headache for opposing defenses in the entire draft class, period. We'd probably take Louisville's DeVante Parker in that category, but Strong is definitely a troublemaker. Kiper notes that the 6-foot-4, 212-pound junior could be this draft's Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin with his ability to climb the ladder.
Nov 13 - 9:55 PM

Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong had five receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 55-31 win over Notre Dame.

Strong's been held under 80 receiving yards in four straight contests, but he's compensated by hauling in touchdowns in each of his last five. Strong's scored seven times in his current scoring streak. He's a big target at 6-foot-4, 212 pounds and that size advantage comes in handy in the red zone. Come the draft, the athletic receiver is considered a borderline first-round pick.
Nov 8 - 7:29 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks observed that Arizona State redshirt junior WR Jaelen Strong is an "athletic guy" who fit the profile of a No. 1 receiver.

"[He] is big-bodied," Brooks wrote of the 6-foot-4, 212-pound Strong. Brooks noted that the junior "has a lot of the traits [NFL teams] look for" in a top receiving pick. Brooks has been high on Strong for a while, as back in October he wrote that "with the NFL trending toward 'big' receivers on the perimeter, Strong's standout performance [against USC] showcased his potential at the next level." Rotoworld's Josh Norris has Strong ranked as the eighth wide receiver on his board, behind USC's Nelson Agholor and ahead of Auburn's Sammie Coates. The junior's seen as a borderline first-round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 7 - 6:35 PM