Johnny Wison (WR) – FSU / Junior
6’7”, 237 Lbs. (Unofficial)
2022 Stats: 13 Games, 43 receptions, 897 yards, 5 touchdowns
Awards: Second Team All-ACC (2022)
Measurables: (Available post-combine/pro day)
RAS: (Available post-combine/pro day)
Games Watched: 2023 Clemson, 2023 Boston College, 2022 Oklahoma, 2022 LSU
Turn on any FSU game and you won’t have a hard time understanding why Johnny Wilson is such an alluring NFL prospect. At 6”7 237, he’s one-of-one as a receiver and has the potential to be a walking mismatch. He has an elite catch radius (his official wingspan might break records), allowing Quarterback Jordan Travis to loft balls up his way. Wilson is an instant red zone threat who knows how to contort his body to best use his frame to his advantage. He’s versatile in alignment, switching between the outside and slot. Wilson attacks the ball at its highest place, where nobody else but him can reach. For a young NFL quarterback, Johnny Wilson is the perfect security blanket. For his size, Wilson has impressive short area burst and can create separation on quick routes. This season especially, Wilson displayed the separation to win in the middle of the field, which many bigger receivers struggle to do.
With any receiver of Wilson’s size, the concerns immediately begin with vertical separation. His deep speed is solid for his frame, but there are many plays where corners jump into his hip pocket easily. With bigger, more athletic corners at the NFL level, the contest for separation will only grow tougher for Wilson. They will be physical instantly at the line, and Wilson has yet to show a consistent press release. I’ve noticed a few push offs from Wilson on comebacks that will hurt him at the pro level. He’s not a field stretcher. Receivers of Wilson’s archetype have failed often at the pro level. As a big contested catch receiver, the jump to the NFL is always difficult and is the most likely reason for Wilson’s failure.
Regardless of his NFL outlook, turn on FSU games to watch one of the most exciting football players in the nation. A great scenario at the NFL level for Wilson is a role similar to Alshon Jeffery. He’d be an elite red zone threat and comfort target for a young QB, while winning on midfield routes with sneaky quickness. However, if he fails to separate against NFL corners, he’ll be pigeonholed into a pure redzone role. Many talented college receivers have failed to translate for that exact reason. Wilson has the opportunity to be a massive riser at the NFL combine with explosive testing, which could push him into the first round.
Completed by: Mr. Irrelevant (@Mr1rrelevant), 10/12/23
Reviewed and edited: J. Clark, 10/12/23