'Why Garrett Wilson?'
In the mold of Diontae Johnson -- meshed with the decelerative capabilities of Calvin Ridley
Release variation & separation quickness
Footfire with a hard jab inside to sell the slant here.
His broad toolbox at the line of scrimmage makes Wilson a chore to cover in the Redzone.
Almost have to double him to take away exploitable concepts.
He can separate at all three levels and is a constant threat due to his advanced understanding of leverage.
Always seems to create easy throwing lanes for his Quarterback.
As mentioned before, Wilson has a substantial toolbox at the line of scrimmage and in route. Changes tempo, length, and pace with ease to cross a defender's face.
Love the long to short stride mechanic here, he does this frequently to manipulate in singular engagements.
Watch him change level so he can accelerate towards the post.
Inside, then outside shoulder turn -- hips drop into acceleration.
Double moves will be a staple of his third-level game in the NFL, especially from the slot.
Through break transitions
When transitioning out of breaks what I notice often is how he changes path slightly towards opposite leverage.
Subtly deviates boundary side, then breaks back inside as soon he the defender is sold, even if ever so slightly.
Working from the slot is a mismatch with Wilson.
Giving him a two-way go allows him to separate with his own tempo, and use his suddenness to create space.
Calvin Ridley-like in this aspect -- similar decelerators.
Wilson uses a nice combination of suddenness, and fluidity to find the necessary spacing needed to make a play.
We see time and time again that he creates a favorable window for his quarterback to place the ball.
In-air athleticism & Catch concentration
Size isn’t much of an issue for Wilson, because of how well he times contested situations.
Wilson has the catch concentration & ability to negate contact that you need in a number one option at the NFL level.
Wilson is always purposeful with his actions when the ball is in flight.
Never seems to lose control when battling for position, impressive play from the then Freshman.
Besides the impressive leaping ability, notice how the first instinct from Wilson is to protect the football.
Tucks and shields it from the defender to negate any contest.
A non-visual environment is a difficult one to grasp.
Wilson sticks his arm off for a two-fold reason.
1) To understand the spacing of the defender.
2) Add a barrier to make a play.
High-level intellect from Wilson.
The ability to contort while simultaneously tracking is rare. Wilson has this.
Top shelf body control, combined with the awareness to understand how much space he needs to win the rep.
Timing. Timing. Timing.
Exceptional feel for ‘when to do what’ and the concentration to finish.
Play speed & yards created post catch
He has better breaks than he does an engine.
A sudden, and explosive decelerator who lacks elite play speed.
Wilson has the ability to change pace well which is more highly regarded by NFL evaluators.
Notice the awareness to avoid #38.
Even though he lacks top-end speed and has average qualities as a linear accelerator, Wilson has the between the ears traits to be effective after the catch.
The suddenness and ability to fluidly decelerate aids Wilson when he changes direction.
In-route, or in the open field - Wilson is a threat to score because of it.
Tier 1: 75.00 & over -- Gold Jacket potential
Tier 2: 65.00 - 74.99 -- All-pro ceiling
Tier 3: 55.00 - 64.99 -- Pro-bowl ceiling
Tier 4: 49.98 - 54.99 -- High floor primary receiving option
Tier 5: 44.96 - 49.97 -- High ceiling / High-risk prospect
Tier 6: 39.50 - 44.95 -- Niche role player / spot producer
Tier 7: 39.49 & below -- Depth player with low ceiling