Garrett Wilson NFL Draft 2022: Scouting Report for Ohio State WR

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor I

COLUMBUS, OHIO - NOVEMBER 20: Garrett Wilson #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes plays against the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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HEIGHT: 5'11 3/4"


HAND: 9 7/8"

ARM: 32"

WINGSPAN:  6'4 1/2"

40-YARD DASH: 4.38




BROAD: 10'3"


— Very good athlete who can make multiple defenders miss in tight spaces due to his balance and lateral quickness.

— Has very good burst and long speed and can take any catch or handoff the distance. Dangerous on screens and underneath throws.

— Consistently able to create yards after the catch.

— Good overall hands.

— Good catching range and is comfortable extending for balls away from his body. Has the balance to turn for throws and still maintain momentum going forward.

— Above-average height and length.


— Can play a bit out of control. Will stumble when breaking on routes.

— Improved route-runner but inconsistent. Can telegraph what he’s doing with lunge steps and opening up his upper body.

— Struggles versus press coverage. Physical defenders can give him issues.


11 G, 70 REC, 1,058 YDS (15.1 AVG), 12 TD, 4 ATT, 76 YDS (19.0 AVG), 1 TD


— 2021 second-team All-Big Ten


Garrett Wilson is a dynamic receiver who has the lateral quickness and explosiveness to take any throw or handoff the distance. His foot speed and balance let him consistently miss the first defender with the ball in his hands and make him dangerous on underneath throws and screens to create yards after the catch.

Wilson is more of an athlete than true wide receiver at this point. He has improved as a route-runner but will need to continue to refine his polish and consistency at the next level. He will telegraph his route breaks at times by lunging forward and has the tendency to expose his chest. Wilson wins on releases with his agility and balance but struggled to consistently win versus physical CBs who pressed him at the line of scrimmage due to his average strength and current lack of technique and release plan.

Wilson can consistently create yards out of nothing on underneath throws and on wide receiver screens. Overall, he is an exciting player with the ball in his hands who projects as an outside-only option that teams will love to dial up screens and designed runs for as well. His athleticism and hands will make him useful for NFL teams on Day 1, but he will need to continue to work on his route-running polish and ability to win against press coverage to ascend to more.

GRADE: 8.3 (Year 1 Starter - Late 1st-2nd Round)

PRO COMPARISON: Mecole Hardman