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2022 NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson

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Position: WR

Height: 6-0

Weight: 192

Year: Senior

Jersey Number: 5

Offensive Scheme: Air Raid, Pro Style Spread, Vertical Routes, Crossing Routes

Offensive Coordinator: Ryan Day, Kevin Wilson (WR Coach Brian Hartline)

Games Reviewed: Michigan 2019, Penn State 2020, Nebraska 2020, Indiana 2020, Michigan State 2020, Northwestern 2020, Clemson 2020, Minnesota 2021, Oregon 2021, Purdue 2021, Michigan State 2021, Michigan 2021

Position Specific Critical Factors

Hands (7) Very Good

The best WR's in football display great hands; they can snatch or pluck the football when in tight coverage or the wide-open field. Some receivers use their bodies when catching and therefore need more development as hands catchers.

Separation (7) Very Good

A player's ability to separate from a defender while running a route is dependent on his ability to run a precise and clean route. Separation is not just the prospect's ability to separate with speed, but his ability to run several routes at a high level. The prospect's ability to sell a route to get a defender out of position is also a key way for a player to gain separation. Players with a limited route tree can make it easier for defenders to predict their route running tendencies. The ability to use their body to box out is another way to gain separation.

After Catch Ability (7) Very Good

A running back with the football in their hands, receivers who can catch a football and make defenders miss in open space, or that can break tackles is a commodity at the highest level of football: high-level WR's show elusiveness, strength, speed, and display toughness after the catch.

Key Strengths

  • Short Area Quickness

  • After The Catch

  • Separates With Ease

Key Weaknesses

  • Concentration Drops

  • Physicality

Pass Game Summary

Wilson is a dynamic player who possesses excellent after-the-catch playmaking ability. He is a strong-handed receiver who plays with very good body control and, at times, showcases an ability to make a back-shoulder catch look easy. He is a natural separator but can sometimes round off his routes, relying on his speed to bail him out. His ability to track a football is also very good, though he has lacked concentration at times leading to an occasional drop of a catchable ball.

Run Game Summary

Wilson is an adequate run blocker, a vital skill to earn playing time at Ohio State. The Ohio State coaches are always adamant about the receivers possessing good run blocking skills, using Terry Mclaurin as a constant effort example when coaching the receivers. Wilson is also a player who can instantly impact as a punt returner

Final Analysis

He is a natural off-ball receiver who can play in the slot or the Z. He needs to improve his overall strength at the NFL level to play consistently on the ball where physical corners might give him issues. At Ohio State, Wilson ran a lot of underneath routes and routes nearest the line of scrimmage to use his after-the-catch skills in space. He can provide deep ball versatility at the NFL level and will benefit early on in his career in an offense that can blend the horizontal and vertical pass game off of play-action.

Final Grade Analysis

Final Grade: (7.1) (Instant Impact Potential)

(9.0-7.0) High-End Starter

Ceiling Grade: (7.5) (Instant Impact Potential)

(9.0-7.0) High-End Starter

Floor Grade: (6.9) (High Upside Potential)

(6.9-6.7) Solid Starter Level


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