After his slow 40 time at the NFL combine, De’Runnya Wilson earned the nickname “De’Walkya” as social media continues their buffoonery. Despite his poor speed, Wilson’s huge frame and skillset doesn’t require speed. He’s your prototypical redzone threat who will create mismatches in that vicinity of the field. The former basketball player is still a bit raw, but worst case he can develop into a solid depth guy/redzone threat in a team’s WR corps. His size will entice teams and could carry him into day 2.
Name: De’Runnya Wilson
College: Mississippi State
Projection: 3rd Round
Comparison: Kelvin Benjamin
Strengths: Gigantic frame with long arms. Proportioned body. Solid, lean build with meaty thighs and a bubble with plenty of room to add size. Good speed. Flexible hips and can get lower than most athletes his size. Can high-point the ball and make very difficult catches. Huge catch radius. Will give up his body to make the catch. Exceptional ability to catch low passes and contort his body horizontally which is extremely rare. Huge red-zone threat. Flashes the ability to dominate in close quarters and has the size to be a dominant blocker on the outside.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent catcher. Will drop and bobble the football. A raw route-runner who is still learning the position. Doesn’t use his size to his advantage. Doesn’t treat the ball like it’s only his to have. Lacks the outward confidence you want in a dominate receiver. Still has a basketball players temperament. Should be more productive. Not aggressive enough in blocking situations. Has made bad decisions off the field which calls into question his maturity.
Outlook: A big, former basketball player type that is in vogue. Has the typical traits of that type of player. Wilson has as much potential as any receiver in this class but he’s behind schedule and one wonders if he has the type of work ethic needed to maximize his ability. Should be a second day draft pick.