Chicago Bears Draft Scout: Cedrick Wilson

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In two seasons at Boise State, Cedrick Wilson put up over 1,000 yards receiving. Do his skills fit a need for the Chicago Bears?

The son of former NFL player Cedrick Wilson took a different path than his father to this point. The younger Wilson stated his college career in Junior College for two seasons before transferring to Boise. Since joining the Broncos, his draft stock has shot up to the point where his career may wind up better than his fathers.

In his first season he put up 1,129 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last year, he put up 1,290 and six touchdowns on 73 receptions. It had him in the running for wide receiver of the year. How do his skills translate and is he an NFL bet?


Age: 22

School: Boise State Broncos


Wilson is a splash player who can instantly change the game with a big play. This starts with his speed. Deep balls, end arounds, sweeps and reverses is where he excels, and where he is able to make his splash.

However, his contested catch ability is what ramps up the NFL talk. Take the play below for example. He uses his speed to quickly get even and get behind his defender. Now, he is ready to track down the ball in the air. He recognizes it, and realizes it is a bit short. He hitches his stride length a bit to get under it. As he slows down, the defender gets in reach and tugs on his arm. Wilson is able to rip his arm free, and come down with the reception while maintaining stride length to burn by the cornerback after the catch.

Below, Wilson sells a hitch and go well. However, due to how much space the corner is giving Wilson, the fake does not allow Wilson to blow by him. What it does do, though, is give Wilson the chance to track the ball while the cornerback is recovering to a spot. Watch Wilson make the play on the under thrown pass, in traffic.

The touchdown reception below is an excellent attempt at catching in traffic. Two defenders are coming in on him with a slightly under thrown pass. However, again, Wilson is in position where he is playing the ball and those two are recovering. Wilson is able to track it, and get his arms up to steal the ball that would have landed on the safeties head otherwise.

These catches show great ball tracking, but also excellent body control. Wilson has a great ability to contort his body to adjust to passes in the air. It also helps him create space on slant routes and after the catch.

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Take the play below for example. The pass is thrown high and well behind him. However, he uses the adjustment his body has to make to set himself up for yards after the catch. When he lands from bringing down the poor pass he is in perfect position to immediately run to open space. His awareness of where he is along with his body control to catch, land and run seamlessly show here.


Wilson does well on slants, and can find space on curls. However, going over the middle is not going to be his best bet in the NFL. He is not quite physical enough in that regard. Most of his drops come from the big hits of going over the middle. Wilson does not necessarily have an extended route tree either. Press is also an issue for him. He does a good job of creating separation down the field, and he gets space a lot due to the respect he demands. However, his strength and quick feet may come into question when it comes to getting off of the line of scrimmage. Some of the more physical cornerbacks may be able to get in his face and jam him in the NFL