NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State Wide Receiver Garrett Wilson

by Pat Pryor
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Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson is considered one of the top receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft, and a possible top 12 pick. He made the 2020 First-Team All-Big 10, and 2021 Second-Team All-Big 10. He and fellow prospect Chris Olave we’re the top receivers for Heisman finalist CJ Stroud.

NFL Draft Measurables

Height: 5’11 6/8″
Weight: 183
Hand: 9 7/8″
Arm: 32″
Wingspan: 76 1/2″
40-Time: 4.36
Shuttle: 4.36
Broad Jump: 10’3″
Vertical Jump: 36″
Bench: N/A
3-Cone: N/A
RAS: 7.64u

How We Grade

Grade Player Meaning Grade Player Meaning
9.5-10 Generational Player 6-6.4 Average Starter
9-9.4 Consistent All-Pro 5.5-5.9 Below-Average Starter
8.5-9 All-Pro Caliber 5-5.4 Developmental Player
8-8.4 Consistent Pro-Bowler 4.5-4.9 Special Teams Player
7.5-7.9 Pro-Bowl Caliber 4-4.4 Practice Squad
7-7.4 Above Average Stater 3-4 Journeyman PS
6.5-6.9 Above-Average Starter 0-2.9 Free Agent

NFL Draft Evaluation

Trait Grade Trait Grade Trait Grade
Speed 8.75 Burst 8.75 Frame 6.25
Hands 6 Hand Fighting 6 Strength 6.25
Route-Running 6.5 Separation 7.75
Route-Tree 7.5 Catch Radius 6.25
Body Control 8 Contested Catch 6
Agility 8.75 RAC 9
Change of Direction 9 Blocking 7.75
Release 8.75 Footwork 8.5 Overall 7.25

Strengths

Elite speed with absolutely top-notch acceleration. Can visually see him put on his second gear of speed. Quality releases with very good separation. Can create separation at all levels of the field. Excels against zone and off-man, turning defenders around. Great footwork in space. Electric carrier with the ball. Fluid movement, great ability to avoid tackles. Turns up field well. Sinks his hips at the top of the route. Shows flashes as a quality receiver blocker. Possesses a solid route tree.

Weaknesses

Inconsistent in creating separation against press, especially over MOF. Is unable to create if he doesn’t get seperation at first meeting. Doesn’t bring much in contested catch, average catch radius. Won’t always finish through a play when the quarterback scrambles. Had a few drops on tape.

Summary

Wilson played various roles in Ohio State’s electric offense, but he projects as a slot at the next level due to his ability to work and create separation with space. If he lines up in the slot and gets some softer coverage, he will always be open. His issues against press are his biggest concern, but one that an NFL team can help him with. He’s great with the ball, and will make very fluid movements. A few drops and lack of effort late in a down can cause issues, but aren’t worrying for his talent. Garrett can be a top-12 pick in this year’s NFL Draft, and with his ceiling being that of the best slot receiver in the league, he deserves to.

Floor: Solid Production Slot Receiver
Ceiling: Best Slot Receiver in the NFL
Round Grade: 1st
Team Fits: CLE, TB, WAS, NE

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