In the 2016 NFL Draft class, there are superior athletes and then there are bullies. Former Mississippi State wide out De’Runnya Wilson out-bullies almost every defensive back he meets. Sure, he gets help by playing with a top five quarterback talent in Dak Prescott, but right now lets focus on the big man. I reviewed a few of his games against NC State, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss (2014 and 2015), and Auburn (2014) to get a better idea of what skills and talents this young man will bring to the next level. This is what I saw:
WR- De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State 6′ 5″ 224 lbs.
Cons: Lets start with character: Wilson faced multiple drug charges (marijuana) in March 2015, so he brings some Martavis Bryant-like concerns and appears to play with emotions on his sleeve. Despite his imposing size, the wide out doesn’t always use it to his advantage. He isn’t very physical when run blocking (usually gives only 50% of the needed effort) and struggles coming up with the ball on 50/50 catches that he should win. The receiver doesn’t do the little things, instead he rounds off routes, bobbles the ball, and shows a lack of fluidity in his hips when cutting. Wilson only has one gear which makes it hard for him to create separation. United with his lack of explosion, 4.85 40-yard dash and 28″ vertical jump (his dismal combine performance), these factors will limit the game situations he can play at the next level.
Pros: His size (6′ 5″ 224 lbs.) makes him a huge red zone threat. He is a former basket ball player who knows how to box out defenders and times his leaps to attack the ball at its highest point. Wilson is quite dangerous making bucket catches near the sidelines and has a huge catch radius. The former Bulldog is great at running crossing routes and screen passes which allow him to use his significant size advantage. The wide out has little trouble getting a free release off the line of scrimmage and has good short area quickness (including spin moves) which help him fight for additional yardage. It may take him a few more steps to build up speed, but once the receiver gets going; he does a good job finding the ball in the air while running underneath it as a deep threat.
Overall thoughts: There isn’t a lot of places on an NFL team to hide a big, slow receiver who struggles at blocking except in red zone packages. Perhaps his physical stature similarities to Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin will help him get drafted, but Wilson is a player I would only consider in deeper leagues that have a taxi squad to tuck him away on. I have him outside my top twenty rookie receiver prospects.
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