Wide receiver- Michael Wilson, Stanford (6-2, 216)
Recently there’s been an embarrassment of riches when it comes to receiver talent in the NFL Draft, 2023 is a little different and that’s why the Senior Bowl was such a big opportunity for this group to make some noise.
Picking between Michigan State’s Jayden Reed, Houston’s Nathaniel “Tank” Dell, and Stanford’s Michael Wilson wasn’t easy, but Wilson rose the most this week. Senior Bowl one-on-one’s are set up to favor the dynamic jitterbug athletes like Reed and Dell, who both came into the week with more buzz than Wilson, so it was less surprising to see them thrive.
Wilson wasn’t even the most highly touted receiver from Stanford in Mobile, that was Elijah Higgins, yet he ended up stealing the show with his impressive stem work as a route runner, his ability to throttle down at his size, and his explosive movements. He capped it all off with 4 receptions for 76 yards and a score in the game too.
Injuries hindered his collegiate production (14 games over the last three years), but Wilson is an intriguing height-weight-speed receiver who also happens to be a star special teams player. He’s likely an early to mid-Day 3 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft who at minimum carves out a long career as a core special teamer.
Honorable mention: Jayden Reed, Michigan State (5-11, 191)