Carolina Panthers could select Garrett Wilson (Ohio State)
Height: 6-foot-0 | Weight: 183 pounds
- 70 receptions
- 1,058 yards (15.1 YPC)
- 12 touchdowns
- 84.1 PFF grade
This has to start this off with who I think is the top receiver prospect in the draft. Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson has all the tools to be this year’s version of Justin Jefferson or Ja’Marr Chase.
Wilson is an electric pass-catcher who is capable of impacting both the short and deep passing games. Any team in need of a true No. 1 receiver should take a serious look at selecting him.
The wideout has everything you want from a prospect at the position. The blazing 4.3-second 40 speed, quick twitch ability that allows him to get open, strong hands, wide catch radius, and is a run after the catch professional.
All of this makes him one of the most exciting prospects in this class. On the con side, Wilson’s route running will need to be polished and he’ll have to become more engaged as a run blocker at the next level.
With Robby Anderson’s future in Carolina uncertain after the 2022 season, adding a talent like Wilson almost seems like a no-brainer. Unfortunately, he will for sure be a top-15 pick and unless the Carolina Panthers trade back to acquire more picks, you can probably bet on him not being under consideration.
Drafting a receiver at No. 6 makes little to no sense for Carolina. But if they can’t move back and the top three tackles are gone, there is a world where Wilson may just be the best player on the board.
This seems unlikely, but if the team decides to punt on a quarterback until next year’s draft and trade for Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo, surrounding that guy with more weapons could make a lot of sense for this season and next year for when a rookie takes over.