Buckeyes WR Garrett Wilson Declares For The 2022 NFL Draft

2022 NFL mock draft, Garrett Wilson. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
2022 NFL mock draft, Garrett Wilson. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Ohio State Buckeyes wideout Garrett Wilson is officially in for the 2022 NFL Draft.

The wide receiver class for the 2022 NFL Draft might be gaining some steam after many takes declaring it was an “off-year”. There are quite a few players who could end up first round picks when all is said and done by draft day. One of those near-guarantees is Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson, who officially declared for the 2022 NFL Draft on Monday, and will skip the Rose Bowl as well.

Wilson came in to the 2021 season as one of the top ranked receivers due to his well-rounded game. He showed that off this season, catching 70 passes for the Buckeyes for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in what was a loaded room that featured Chris Olave and Jaxon Smith-Njigba. He was part of a dominant passing offense the led the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl berth.

Wilson looks like the full package when it comes to a receiver. Pre-catch, Wilson has great skills as a route runner, varying his release and pace off the line of scrimmage. He can attack blind spots to separate, and does a great job exploding off his plant foot on his breaks. His ability to change pace and show off burst through transitions is important to generate late separation.

At the catch point, Wilson thrives as well, despite his lean frame. He plucks the ball out of the air well, adjusts late to make great catches, and attacks the ball well with good leaping ability and strong hands to secure it. He’s slippery after the catch with great flexibility and quick change of direction skills. Wilson also has the requisite speed to win deep.

Garrett Wilson will undoubtedly be one of the first few receivers off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft. His testing numbers will be interesting (expect good explosion numbers) but the traits and production speak for themselves. He can become a WR1 in an NFL offense.