Garrett Wilson Is WR1 in Former NFL GMs’ Rankings
NFL Draft - The last few drafts have yielded immediate results from the wide receiver position. This year's class has a great mix of prospects to be excited for. The 33rd Team ranked the top 10 wide receiver prospects including their full scouting reports which were designed by the systems former front office executives implemented in their draft processes.
1) Garrett Wilson, Ohio State
Key Measurables: 5116, 183 lbs, 9 ⅞-inch hands, 4.38 40-Yard Dash
Notable 2021 Stats: 6.4 REC/G, 15.1 YPC, 4 CAR, 76 YDS
Best Trait: Yards After Catch Ability
Player Comp: Terry McLaurin
Garrett Wilson came into Ohio State as a five-star prospect from Lake Travis High School. Wilson wasn’t a main contributor his true freshman season in Columbus, but he was still able to play in all 14 games and compiled 30 REC for 432 yards and 5 TDs, setting him up for a bright future as a Buckeye.
Wilson built on his promising campaign his sophomore season where he became the second Ohio State player to have four straight games at least 100 receiving yards, leading to him being named an All-Big Ten First Team wide receiver in a COVID-19 shortened year (8 games). As a junior this past year, Wilson was able to make Second Team All-Big Ten and recorded over 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career on top of only having one game with under 70 receiving yards the entire season. He finished the 2021 campaign with 70 REC for 1,058 YDS, and 12 TDs.
Wilson is a WR2 who wins with outstanding elusiveness in the open field and ability to make tough catches at the high point. He has a chance to elevate himself to a higher level if he is able to put on more muscle and polish his route running abilities.
2) Drake London, USC
Key Measurables: 6037, 219 lbs, 33-inch arms
Notable 2021 Stats: 11.0 REC/G, 1,084 YDS in 8 games
Best Trait: Contested Catch Ability/Yards After Contact
Player Comp: More Versatile Mike Evans
Drake London came into USC as a four-star wide receiver from Moorpark High School who also played basketball during his high school career. His freshman season, London saw action in all 13 games and recorded 39 REC for 567 YDS and 5 TDS. He caught a touchdown in each of USC’s final five games of the season and then joined the school’s basketball team following the conclusion of football.
In his sophomore year, despite there only being six games in the PAC-12 season due to COVID-19, London reeled in 33 REC for 502 YDS and 3 TDS while also making the Second Team All-Pac-12. His junior season was cut short due to a season-ending ankle injury, but not before London was able to amass 88 REC for 1,084 YDS and 7 TDS in just eight games. After his junior year, London was named an AP Third Team All-American, First Team All-Pac-12 WR, and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year.
London is a WR2 with WR1 upside who wins with his strong contested catch ability, outstanding contact balance, and overall body control. In order to reach an even higher level, London must become more refined as a route runner while also strengthening his lower half.
3) Jameson Williams, Alabama
Key Measurables: 6014, 179 lbs, 32 ⅛-inch arms
Notable 2021 Stats: 1,572 REC YDS, 19.9 YPC, 352 KR YDS, 2 KR TDS
Best Trait: Vertical Threat Ability
Player Comp: More Explosive Calvin Ridley
Jameson Williams came into Ohio State as a four-star recruit from Cardinal Ritter College Prep. His freshman season, he played in 11 games for the Buckeyes where he reeled in just 6 REC for 112 YDS and 1 TD. The next year, Williams saw playing time in eight games where he was able to catch 9 passes for 154 YDS and 2 TDS, including one against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Williams decided to transfer to Alabama where he was immediately eligible to play for the Crimson Tide. The junior broke out in 2021 as he compiled 79 REC for 1,572 YDS and 15 TDS on top of being named a First Team All-American, a First Team All-SEC WR, and the SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Year.
Williams is a WR2 with WR1 upside who wins with his elite vertical threat ability, outstanding speed and explosiveness, and his run after catch ability. He will need to add strength in order to be more effective on immediate routes and to be able to not get jammed by more physical corners off of the line as well as improving his hands in order to not be as much of a body catcher to reach his full potential.