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Caedan Wallace Remains Sleeper Prospect As NFL Draft Nears

Caedan Wallace was one of the most experienced offensive linemen in college football. In his five seasons with Penn State football, Wallace started 40 games at right tackle. Now, Wallace is taking that experience to the NFL Draft.

Wallace hails from Robbinsville, New Jersey, where he was a four-star recruit in 2019. He was originally recruited as a guard when he was the No. 2 player in the state and the No. 3 guard in the nation, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Wallace chose Penn State over Oklahoma, Auburn, and Clemson.

“Exceptional athleticism and accurate with initial punch. Tough, physical and embraces competition,” 247Sports’ Brian Dohn said of Wallace as a high school recruit. “Can be three-year starter at upper level Power 5 school and has third- to sixth-round NFL draft potential.”

Wallace made the switch to tackle when he arrived at Penn State where he appeared in four games as a true freshman and utilized his redshirt that season.

Since then, Wallace started every game except three and has been consistent from the right side, allowing seven sacks since 2021 and only one sack in each of the last two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.

Wallace received a prospect grade of 6.23 from NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, who stated Wallace “will eventually be an average starter.”

“Wallace played tackle in college but could be considered as a tackle or guard by NFL evaluators. He’s broad across his upper and lower body and has decent length and big hands. He’s a clock-puncher who plays with better fundamentals and technique than his highly regarded teammate, Olumuyiwa Fashanu,” Zierlein said. “Wallace has NFL size and good body control and should find work as a backup with the potential to start as a guard or tackle.”

At the combine, Wallace measured in at 6’5″ and 314 pounds and registered a 5.15-second 40-yard dash, a 1.74-second 10-yard split, a 31″ vertical jump, and a 9’8″ broad jump that ranked third among all offensive linemen.

Despite his experience and consistency, Wallace has remained under the radar throughout the draft process. He is expected to be drafted anywhere from the fifth round to the seventh round with teams like the Eagles, Patriots, and Titans as possible landing spots. Wallace’s versatility to play guard and tackle could be beneficial as NFL teams are always in search of offensive line help.

The NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, and ends on Saturday, April 27. All seven rounds of the draft will be televised on ESPN and NFL Network.

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Mitch is a junior broadcast journalism major from Johnstown, PA. He is a big Pittsburgh sports fan and in his free time he likes to listen to music, play video games, and rewatch old football games. He also loves Seinfeld, Star Wars, bucket hats, and Dua Lipa. If you want Justin Herbert propaganda or random sports content, follow him on Twitter/X @MitchCorc18 or email [email protected]

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