Ole Miss WR Mike Wallace makes a great catch against Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl this year.
Catching up with our list of players the Chiefs spoke to at the Senior Bowl (I guess we should add "allegedly" in front of everything), let's take a look at Ole Miss WR Mike Wallace.
A six-foot, 190 pound senior, Wallace had 39 receptions for 784 yards and seven touchdowns for the Rebels in 2008. He also averaged nearly 25 yards per kick return, which is another one of his specialities. Wallace owns a bunch of all purpose yard/kick return type records at Ole Miss, not unlike current Chief Kevin Robinson did at Utah State.
He's fast (4.38 40-yard dash time), versatile (Kris Wilson's ears just perked up) with his kick return ability and can probably he had for a mid to late round draft pick.
If do research on Wallace, one of the common descriptions that keeps popping up is "deep play threat" can hurt defenses with his "vertical routes". He's super fast which will undoubtedly increase his draft stock at the combine if he runs well.
Ole Miss WR Coach Ron Dickerson Jr. had this to say about Wallace's route running before the start of the 2008 season.
From watching film of last season, Dickerson could tell that Wallace -- despite putting up solid numbers -- was missing an intermediate game. He could catch the deep ball, absolutely. But he sometimes labored to come out of breaks on short routes, which lacked sharpness.
Wallace was a late addition to the South's Senior Bowl roster, subbing in for another wide receiver that couldn't make it to Mobile. He has this to say at the combine:
"I just want to come out and prove that I am a legitimate top two round receiver," said Wallace, "that I can play with the other guys they have rated higher than me and just that I have the total package. I can do everything."
You can check out a quick, one minute interview with Wallace at the Senior Bowl here.
Thoughts on drafting Mike Wallace in a later round?