NFL Rumors: 'A Lot of Love' for WR Garrett Wilson in the League Ahead of 2022 Draft

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVApril 25, 2022

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 27: Garrett Wilson #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)
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Don't be shocked if Garrett Wilson ends up being a top-10 pick in the 2022 NFL draft.

Peter King of NBC Sports projected the Houston Texans to trade up to No. 9 to select the Ohio State wideout in his mock draft on Monday, noting there is "a lot of love for Wilson in the league."

He added that teams "like his ability to get open and to make things happen after the catch."

Wilson, 21, caught 70 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in the 2021 season. He paired with Chris Olave to give the Buckeyes arguably the top receiving corps in all of college football. He also had a rushing score.

Wilson is widely projected to be a first-round pick. Where he falls is up for debate, however. 

The B/R Scouting Department, for instance, has him graded as the No. 21 player in this year's draft, which would make him a stretch as a top-10 pick. 

However, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah has Wilson ranked No. 4 on his latest big board, calling him a "highly competitive wideout with route polish and prolific run-after-catch ability" whom he compared to Buffalo Bills star Stefon Diggs. 

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report

Polled 5 teams on Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson, including 3 GMs, 1 HC and a director of scouting: All five believe the elusive Wilson - an All-State 6A hooper in Texas as well - has superstar ability as a game-breaking talent, elite YAC machine and gifted 50/50 ball winner. ⭕️

Dan Orlovsky @danorlovsky7

The <a href="https://twitter.com/nyjets?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nyjets</a> should draft Garrett Wilson at 4<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLDraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NFLDraft</a>

And ESPN's consensus rankings from its four draft writers—Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay, Jordan Reid and Matt Miller—puts Wilson at No. 8 overall

Get Up @GetUpESPN

.<a href="https://twitter.com/danorlovsky7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@danorlovsky7</a> has high expectations for the No. 1 WR draft prospect in this year's class, Garrett Wilson 👀<br><br>"I think Garrett Wilson is going to be like the next Davante Adams." <a href="https://t.co/uQtBZYwqXP">pic.twitter.com/uQtBZYwqXP</a>

If Wilson does end up being a top-10 pick—heck, maybe even a top-five selection—it won't come as a major surprise. There's a lot of smoke during draft season, but Wilson looks like he won't be on the board for long. 

It wouldn't be a shock if a Texans team lacking weapons on both sides of the ball decided to jump up the board to nab him.