Garrett Wilson's total package is why he's the top wide receiver prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft. He doesn't have elite size or speed, but he makes up for that with his movement skills, ability to get open, and natural athleticism. It's probably only a matter of time before he establishes himself as one of the most reliable pass-catchers in the NFL, and he won't last very long when the first round starts on April 28.
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Garrett Wilson Draft Profile
College: Ohio State
The next star (along with teammate Chris Olave) out of the Buckeyes’ wide receiver pipeline, Wilson is explosive at the line of scrimmage, smooth in his routes and slippery after the catch. His initial quickness makes him difficult to press off the line, and he gets into his routes with relative ease. He consistently creates separation due not only to his traits — he has a rare ability to sink his hips and change direction while not sacrificing any speed — but also due to a natural feel for stemming routes and setting up defenders. He’s competitive at the catch point and flashes incredible body control, contorting to make plays along the sideline. He times his leaps and high-points the ball effectively, and his hand-eye coordination allows him to attack the ball and pull it away in traffic. When getting behind the defense for the deep ball, he shows very good ball-tracking ability. He’s competitive after the catch as well, and his fluid athleticism and creativity as a runner make him a big-play threat off short throws.
Wilson’s long speed is in the good-not-great category, and he lacks elite size. He’ll have to prove himself as a downfield threat. He works well in traffic but had the occasional concentration lapse after creating separation.
Ideally he’d be a little bigger, but then the modern NFL is much less about physicality and affords receivers the luxury of operating in space. DeVonta Smith held up more than well enough a year ago, and Wilson has a similarly elite ability to separate and should have a similar impact at the next level.
Final Grade: 1st Round