WR Ohio State 6-0 183 JR #5
GRADE: 92 OVR RANK: TBC POS RANK: TBC
ARM LENGTH: 32″ // HAND SIZE: 9 7/8″
40YD: 4.38 (96%) // 10YD: ( %) // VJ: 36″ (73%) // BJ: 10’3″ (76%) // BP: ( %) // SS: 4.36 (33%)// 3C: ( %)
Projection: Starting X with inside out flexibility to move him around the formation, get him the ball in his hands early on screens, and on deep corners/posts
Ravens Fit: There are a lot of West Coast concepts to the Ravens current passing offense which aren’t the best fit for Wilson’s skill set. He’s very dangerous with the ball in his hands, and the Ravens could manufacture ways to get him the ball but he’s also dangerous on deep posts and corners which he might not get as much of a look at. Having said that, he’s the kind of high-ceiling X with separation skills that no team can afford to thumb their nose at. He would give the offensive coaches a major skill position headache but fitting him, Rashod Bateman and Marquise Brown into a formation is a good problem to have, and Wilson is versatile. Draft projection: Top 10 – Todd McShay, ESPN
Overall Fit 4/5
Plays as a versatile piece for Ohio State but mostly at the X position in his most recent, most productive season. Also played the Slot as a change-up.
Before the Catch
In the release portion of the route Wilson is good. He has a varied space and secondary release package when he can use his processing, foot speed and change of direction skills to displace the defender. His double move can be particularly deadly when facing press without a jam, and when combined with a power skip when facing soft press. When facing squat or off, he attacks leverage and eats up cushion quickly, coming under balance for the release point. When facing a jam, he has the play strength and technique to clear his hands and can get a defender with a jab or stutter step but he is liable to release around more patient press CBs and isn’t as disciplined as he could be in replacing the defender’s near hip and foot with his own.
At the top of his route and as a separator, Wilson is excellent. Both outside or from the slot, on vertical cuts, he will consistently separate against the majority of competition. He has a lethal rocker step that freezes opponents on vertical cuts, getting him open on post and corner routes at an alarming rate for defenses. Because of the way he sets up defenders through the stem portion of the route against off coverage, he can also gain separation against most on more hard-angle breaks. He can get in the defender’s blind spot and comeback to the ball, bailing the QB out on scramble drills at a regular clip. He can use his posture and his eyes to set up the break well too. Against more patient defenders from press, in shorter areas against harder angle cuts, he can be mirrored and kept in phase. On speed cuts, short outs to the sideline, he can bow his routes somewhat and let defenders who match his athleticism back into the play. He does have outstanding speed out of the break and very little rise, allowing him to make up for this deficiency at the college level.
The Catch/After the Catch
He catches the ball outside of his frame, except when appropriate to let the ball slightly closer to his body in some contested situations, and has tremendous manual dexterity. He always positions himself and frames his hands well for all types of throw. He can catch around his frame both stationary and on the move, diving forwards/backwards and adjusts well to underthrown balls. His ball tracking on deep balls is excellent. There is the odd concentration drop when you can see him thinking too much about YAC but it is rare. He has outstanding body control and ridiculous ability to adjust to the ball in the air.
He possesses home-run speed in his YAC and beats all types of defenders with elusiveness and lateral agility. He has enough physical toughness and play strength to mix it physically with defensive backs too and can be a dangerous YAC threat.
Potential starting X, good release package, very good separator and elite at the catch-point. Has the potential to be an elusive, prolific YAC-getter
JR: 102 Tgts, 70 Recs, 1058 Rec Yards (15.1 Ave), 12 Rec TDs
SO: 58 Tgts, 43 Recs, 723 Rec Yards (16.8 Ave), 6 Rec TDs
INJURY: Missed 1 game (JR) – concussion-like symptoms