One half of arguably the best CB tandem in all of college football this season, Quincy Wilson broke out in his junior season with the Florida Gators and completed a dynamic duo with fellow 1st round prospect, Jalen “Teez” Tabor. Wilson gained a lot of draft steam throughout the season and completed his 2016 campaign with 3 interceptions and 6 pass breakups en route to a 2nd Team All-SEC honor.
A Ft. Lauderdale native, Wilson’s dad played at the University of Miami, but the heir of the family elected to take his talents down to Gainesville instead, despite offers from other schools such as Miami, Clemson, LSU, Michigan and Ohio State, among others. It proved to be the right choice for Wilson as he flourished in the Gators’ secondary.
Wilson was faced with the task of replacing last year’s first round pick, Vernon Hargreaves III on the outside, and he stepped up to the plate. Wilson displayed great cover skills during the season and plays with a confidence that is tough to match. He flashed his potential in 2015 after blanking future 1st round pick out of Ole Miss, Laquon Treadwell.
There is a lot to like about Wilson’s game, and he is often brought up in the conversation when discussing the top corners in this year’s draft. While he has some great qualities, there are some inconsistencies that are hard to overlook, in my eyes at least.
Name: Quincy Wilson
Comparison: Byron Maxwell (Miami Dolphins)
Draft Grade: Day 2
Positives: Prototypical size. Long arms. Smart, competitive player. Understands complex coverage schemes. Exceptional play recognition and occasionally makes adjustments before the play. Ability to pick up more than one receiver on certain offensive designs. Fluid adjustment on inside routes. Reads eyes of QB and gets head and body around quickly to defend the pass. Plays the ball in the air and closes well on the ball. Flashes ball skills. Displays tremendous effort and will chase ball carriers downfield until the whistle. Has the wheels to break to the other side of the field and get in position to make a stop off a pass. Willing tackler. Short memory and won’t beat himself up over a bad play. Age friendly prospect.
Negatives: Struggles against movement from receivers at the point of attack – especially double moves. Allows just enough space for receives to make catches over the middle of the field. Regresses a bit in the redzone. Sloppy footwork on dropback. Inconsistent ability in run support. Flawed tackling technique. Takes poor angles – will position himself parallel to the ball carrier and allow extra yardage. Overruns or side-steps the ball carrier at times. Gets tossed around by bigger opponents. Inconsistent block shed and gets pushed back downfield. Shows hesitancy against ball carriers with a lot of steam on approach. Doesn’t always offer help on gang tackles.
Outlook: In a deep corner class, I fear for Wilson that he may slide out of the 1st round, despite his current status as consensus 1st round pick at this point in the process. I love his confidence and smarts on the football field, and he has flashed ability in coverage. However, there are some inconsistencies to his game. I don’t think he has the ability to be a #1 corner in the NFL, although he could serve as a very good compliment on the outside. He reminds me of Byron Maxwell based on similar statures and athletic abilities. We saw Maxwell flourish alongside Richard Sherman in Seattle, and Wilson can be that type of guy in the right system.