Biography: Three-year starter and Stanford's leading receiver after his sophomore and junior campaigns. Senior totals included 41/439/2 after junior totals of 57/926/4.
Positives: "Dependable possession receiver who plays a smart brand of football. Displays terrific focus, battles to make the reception and extends to catch the ball away from his frame. Shows good eye/hand coordination, stays low exiting breaks, and plucks the ball from the air. Gets vertical over defenders and extends to make the difficult grab. Uses his frame to shield away opponents. Consistently finds the open seam in the defense."
Negatives: Does not have a burst or the speed to stretch the defense vertically. Plays a bit tight at times. Average route runner.
Analysis: Whalen is a reliable receiver who does the little things well. He possesses just marginal size/speed numbers but could be a productive fifth receiver on an NFL roster.
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