Data Scout Notes: 11GP-35-704-20.1-6TD-Rec/31-770-24.8-1TD-KOR
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 3/84 -- Mike Wallace, WR/KR, 6-0, 195, Mississippi...Fills a need at both his position and the long-sought kick returner the Steelers have not had in a long time. Wallace has 4.3 speed and will compete for playing time at wide receiver, but really get his chance as a return man in 2009. - by The Sports Xchange
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Few attributes attract NFL scouts more than pure speed. Wallace certainly has that. Despite starting three years for the Rebels, he didn't establish himself as one capable of taking advantage of his speed until he averaged 18.9 yards on 38 receptions as a junior. A year later, Wallace's speed was even more lethal, as he averaged 20.1 yards per reception and scored a career high even touchdowns.
Wallace is still a work in progress as a route-runner, but his ability to stretch defenses deep as an outside receiver and special teams wide on kickoff returns could land him a second-day draft selection from an NFL team looking to catch lightning in a bottle.
Positives: Looks the part. Athletic build with room for additional mass. Rare straight-line speed. Eats up the cushion quickly and can blow by the defender. Smooth acceleration and has a late burst to pull away if being challenged. Can track the ball over his shoulder. Developing into a more reliable route-runner and pass-catcher. Has the foot quickness and balance to be a good route-runner and can sink his hips. Generally uses his hands to make the reception, though he still allows too many into his pads. Has some lateral agility to make defenders miss. Helped himself with a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Negatives: Still a work in progress as a route-runner. Learning to sink his hips and explode out of his cuts, as he has to gather himself too much. Struggles a bit against press coverage. Has to use his hands better to gain a quick release. Lets too many passes into his pads, resulting in some ugly drops. Doesn't consistently show the vision and elusiveness in the open field to truly capitalize on his pure speed. Needs an open lane as a returner to break off a big gain.
Holds Ole Miss records for single-game, season and career kickoff return yards ... Ranks second all-time in all-purpose yardage ... Stand third all-time at Ole Miss in TD receptions and fifth in receiving yards ... Recorded seven career 100-yard receiving games, second-most by a Rebel ... Topped the SEC in yards per reception in each of his final two seasons ... Competed in the 2009 Under Armour Senior Bowl and totaled two catches for 41 yards and a TD and returned one kickoff 21 yards.
Named second team All-SEC as both a wide receiver and kick returner by Phil Steele ... Established Ole Miss single-season records for all-purpose yards (1,737) and kickoff return yards (861) ... Equaled the Rebel record for 100-yard receiving games with four ... Piled up the fifth-most receiving yards in school history (784) ... Led the SEC and ranked third in the NCAA (among top 100 WRs) in yards per catch (20.1) ... Led team and was sixth in the SEC in receiving yards per game (60.3) ... Finished third in the SEC in kickoff return average (24.6) ... Also ranked third in the conference in all-purpose yards (133.6 per game) Topped team in TD catches with seven ... Tabbed the No. 8 multi-purpose player in the SEC by ESPN.com ... Named Midseason All-SEC second team as a kick returner by Phil Steele ... Earned fourth letter ... at Wake Forest (9/6): Posted four catches for 50 yards in start ... vs. Samford (9/13): Posted 101 yards receiving on four catches and a long of 42 in start ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/20): Set a single-game school record with 202 kickoff return yards on six returns ... The total is the fifth highest in SEC history ... Returned a kickoff 98 yards for second career return touchdown ... Also caught three passes for 36 yards ... Finished with a career-high 238 all-purpose yards ... at Florida (9/27): Had five kickoff returns for 140 yards and a long of 40 ... Also caught one pass for three yards ... vs. South Carolina (10/4): Had six kickoff returns for 129 yards ... Also caught four passes for 43 yards.
At Alabama (10/18): Caught two passes for 24 yards ... Also returned four kickoffs for 87 yards ... at Arkansas (10/25): Totaled 222 all-purpose yards ... Caught five balls for 120 and first receiving TD of the season ... Rushed twice for 17 yards and added 85 yards on three kickoff returns ... vs. Auburn (11/1): Finished with one catch for 12 yards ... Returned two kickoffs for 31 yards ... vs. ULM (11/15): Had school-record 88-yard catch ... Also caught 23-yard TD pass ... Finished with two catches for 111 yards ... Also returned one kick for six yards ... at LSU (11/22): Tied his career high with two receiving TDs (34 and 24) ... Finished with five catches for 99 yards ... Also returned four kickoffs for 90 yards ... vs. Mississippi State (11/28): Caught four passes for 105 yards ... Matched a career-high with two TD grabs ... Rushed twice for 28 yards ... Cotton Bowl vs. Texas Tech (1/2): Hauled in four catches for 80 yards, including a 41-yard TD ... Returned four kickoffs for 91 yards ... Also rushed once and finished with 169 alll-purpose yards ... Preseason: Named Preseason All-SEC third team by Phil Steele and Athlon ... Spring: Totaled five receptions for 90 yards in the Red-Blue Game.
Named Third Team All-SEC by Phil Steele ... Played in all 12 games with nine starts at split end ... Topped the SEC in yards per catch (18.8) and ranked ninth in receiving yards per game (59.7) ... Led the team in receiving yards (716), tied for the lead in touchdowns (6) and finished second in receptions (38) ... Turned in a pair of 100-yard games ... Posted seven catches of 40 or more yards and three of 50 or better ... Earned third letter ... at Memphis (9/1): Grabbed four passes for 48 yards ... vs. Missouri (9/8): Registered first 100-yard receiving game ... Recorded a career-high seven receptions for 136 yards and a 68-yard TD ... Also returned a kickoff 21 yards ... The 136 receiving yards were the most by a Rebel since 2005 ... at Vanderbilt (9/15): Off four catches, established career highs of 139 receiving yards and two TDs of 34 and 54 yards ... Named Rebel Quarterback Club Offensive Player of the Week ... vs. Florida (9/22): Hauled in one career-long pass for a 77-yard TD ... Marked the longest pass since a 77-yard TD in 2002 ... at Georgia (9/22): Posted three receptions for 62 yards with a 45-yard TD ... Final of a four-game streak with a TD catch, longest by a Rebel since 1994... vs. Louisiana Tech (10/6): Team-high five grabs for 72 yards and a long of 35 yards ... vs. Alabama (10/13): Pulled down two passes for 63 yards, including a 42-yarder ... vs. Arkansas (10/20): Led the team with four catches for 57 yards, including a 37-yard TD grab ... at Auburn (10/27): Topped team with five receptions for 39 yards ... vs. Northwestern State (11/3): Notched his first return for a TD with his 77-yard kickoff return ... Two grabs for 14 yards ... vs. LSU (11/17): Ended a streak of 21 straight games with a catch ... at Mississippi State (11/23): Hauled in a nine-yard pass ... Spring: Had five receptions for 41 yards in the Red-Blue game ...
Started all 12 games at SE ... Led the team in catches (24) and receiving yards (410) ... Tied for team lead with two TD receptions ... Earned his second letter ... vs. Memphis (9/3): Earned first career start ... at Kentucky (9/16): Two catches for 65 yards ... vs. Wake Forest (9/23): Two catches for 36 yards ... vs. Georgia (9/30): Two catches for 16 yards ... at Alabama (10/14): Caught first career TD on 55-yard bomb from Brent Schaeffer ... Posted 3 catches for career-high 86 yards ... at Arkansas (10/21): One catch for four yards ... vs. Auburn (10/28): Caught one pass for 38 yards ... vs. Northwestern State (11/4): Career-high six grabs for 80 and one TD in start ... at LSU (11/18): Four catches for 35 yards in start ... vs. Mississippi State (11/25): Credited with one reception for 38 yards ...
Saw action in 10 games of true freshman season, missing only the opener at Memphis (9/5) ... Earned first letter ... vs. LSU (11/19): Returned four kickoffs for 48 yards with a long of 14 ... Spring 2005: True freshman who joined the team in January and went through his first spring drills ... Caught two passes for nine yards in Red-Blue game ...
Signed with Oregon State in Class of 2004, but did not enroll ... Sat out 2004 season ...
Rated first-team All-State honors as a wide receiver following senior season at O. Perry Walker High ... Also earned league and district MVP honors as a senior, as well as all-league, All-Metro, All-West Bank and All-West Bank MVP ... Was rated by SuperPrep as the 17th-best prospect in Louisiana and was a member of its 2004 Southwest Team ... After seeing limited playing time as a junior (four receptions while playing mostly on defense), had an outstanding senior season, catching 60 passes for 1,039 yards (17.3 average per catch) and 19 touchdowns ... Also returned four punts and four kickoffs for TDs, giving him 27 for the season and 162 points, and had seven TDs called back ... Set school records for total points and for kicks returned for touchdowns ... Earned two letters in football ... Coached in high school by Terry Wilson ... Also lettered once in track, earning All-State honors in the 100.
Son of Sonjia and Burnell Wallace ... Full name is Burnell Micheal Wallace ... Born: August 1, 1986 ... College of Liberal Arts.
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08/10/15 - WR Mike Wallace, the team's most significant offseason veteran acquisition, had one ball thrown to him in the only series the starters played on Sunday. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater messed up the timing on the rollout pass when he looked to another target first when he was supposed to make Wallace the first option. The pass was low and behind Wallace, who tried to adjust but couldn't hang on to the ball.
03/14/15 - WR Mike Wallace was traded from the Dolphins to the Vikings Friday (March 13) with a seventh-round pick in this year's draft for a fifth-round pick.
The Vikings had pursued Wallace in 2013 and reportedly offered more money than the Dolphins, but he chose the warmer climate of South Florida over frigid Minnesota winters.
He lasted just two seasons of his five-year, $60 million contract with the Dolphins and will count $6.6 million against their salary cap in 2015.
Wallace had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who drafted him in the first round in 2009. But, with Miami, he recorded 73 receptions for 930 yards and five touchdowns in 2013 and 67 catches for 862 yards and 10 scores in 2014.
Wallace allegedly was unhappy with his role in Miami and ended up on the bench in the 2014 season finale after arguing with coaches.
In Minnesota, Wallace will join veteran receiver Greg Jennings, Charles Johnson and tight end Kyle Rudolph as second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's weapons.
12/22/14 - WR Mike Wallace had two TDs receptions vs. Minnesota, giving him 10 for the season. That ties the career best he established in 2010 with Pittsburgh. Wallace had a career-best 73 receptions last season.
12/21/14 - WR Mike Wallace had five receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Minnesota. For the season, Wallace has 10 touchdown catches, which ties his career personal best, which he set in 2010. In addition, he has 70 catches this season for 862 yards.
12/16/14 - WR Mike Wallace (five receptions, 104 yards, 1 TD) had his first 100-yard game of the season against New England. He had a 50-yard reception on the game's opening play and a nice one-handed, 32-yard TD reception near the end of the first half.
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