Growing up the son of a former NFL draft pick and current coach has its pluses and minuses.
Born in Dallas, Wilson followed his father (current Philadelphia Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson), throughout the country over the past several seasons, playing high school football in Mississippi, Georgia and California. He then walked on at Southern Cal (and redshirted) as a reserve tight end, where dad was a member of the staff.
Once his father left for the NFL, Wilson opted to transfer across town to UCLA where he was a beneficiary of coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense. He jumped from a combined 54 catches for 710 yards in 2016-17 to leading the country and setting a UCLA record with 60 grabs for 965 yards and four of his five career touchdowns.
Wilson's best attributes are his feet and hands. He shows good initial quickness into his route and accelerates smoothly for a 240 pounder, though he does not play as fast as he ran at the Combine. He has some terrific catches on tape, offering an impressive catch radius due to his 33" arms and body control to haul in throws high and low that are seemingly out of reach. Better yet, for a tight end with just average bulk, Wilson shows good concentration with defenders draped over him to make contested grabs.
All of that said, at this point Wilson is a receiving specialist who currently projects as a No. 2 or 3 tight end due to his lack of size and strength, which shows up not only as a blocker but as a route-runner where he is too easily knocked off course.
While fast in a straight-line (at least in shorts), Wilson lacks ideal quickness, showing just average explosiveness out of his breaks to generate separation as a route runner. The was on display at the Combine with just average results in the 3-cone drill (7.20), short shuttle (4.40) and vertical jump (29"), among the other tight ends tested this year.
Projection: Fourth Round
--Field Level Media