CAREER: After going to training camp with Atlanta in 2020 as an undrafted free agent out of Tulane, McClesky signed with the Saints in the 2021 offseason.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed by New Orleans Saints, 4/15/21. Waived by Atlanta Falcons, 9/5/20. Agreed to terms with Falcons, 4/27/20
COLLEGE: The 5-foot-11, 165-pound wideout enjoyed an extremely productive college career from 2015-19 at Oklahoma State and Tulane where he posted career totals of 2,446 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns in 56 games. In four seasons at Oklahoma State, had 167 catches for 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns in four seasons.
After earning his bachelor's degree at Oklahoma State, McCleskey spent his final season of eligibility in 2019 as a graduate transfer at Tulane, where he saw action in 13 games and caught 37 passes for 581 yards (15.7 avg.) and four touchdowns, leading the Green Wave in yards per catch, finishing his college career by catching two passes for 87 yards and one touchdown in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl against Southern Mississippi.
PERSONAL: During his high school career at St. Paul's (Covington, La.) HS, he totaled 1,472 receiving yards, 100 catches and 18 touchdowns as he led the Wolves to an Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Select Prep Classic quarterfinals appearance his senior year. Jalen Austin McCleskey was born on August 6, 1997 in New Orleans, La. His father, J.J. McCleskey, enjoyed a seven-year NFL career (1993-1999) with the Saints (1993-96) and Arizona Cardinals (1996-99) at cornerback, while excelling on special teams after converting from being a walk-on wide receiver at the University of Tennessee. J.J. McCleskey is currently the secondary coach at Tulane.