December 10, 2023

Devy Digest: Roman Wilson

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Michigan Wolverines

Wide Receiver
Roman Wilson
6'0" 192lbs
Age: 22
Draft Eligible: 2023
Devy Digest WR Rank:39

Who is Roman Wilson?

Wilson was a 4 * in the composites and attended Saint Louis High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was part of a program that won 38 games in a row and won 4 consecutive state titles. Wilson held offers from Oregon and UCLA, but ultimately chose Ann Arbor as his home. During his career at Michigan, Wilson has always flashed and showed potential, but there would be games where he just disappeared. This past offseason, his positional coach asked him to step up and become a leader in the receiving room. He garnered much praise during spring and fall camp and Wilson earned the #1 jersey for Michigan, which is reserved for wide receivers who become a leader off and on the field for the program.  Wilson opened the season with 3 touchdowns and is finally putting together the promise he showed as a recruit.

Advanced Metrics courtesy of Campus 2 Canton



I used the Michigan receiving room as the comparison based on volume and scheme, it only seemed fair to do it with the same receiving room and not other teams where they may have more opportunities in a different scheme.

2023 Outlook

Wilson has certainly stepped up and become JJ McCarthy's top wide receiver as he's compiled 6 touchdowns in the first 3 games of the season. Now that conference games are upon us, we'll get to see if Wilson can keep up this production and continue to gain some devy steam. He is the clear cut WR1 in the program and looks to be more consistent than he's ever been. The talent was never the concern, it was the consistency that was never there. As a Senior, he has stepped up when the program has needed him.

Strengths

Wilson has good play strength and he is a good route runner. He does well with body manipulations to get open for his Quarterback. Wilson has a great, quick burst and long speed to sustain the suddenness to evade defenders and he's done much better this year in fighting through defenders and hand fighting. Wilson sinks his hips and has great change of direction, so option routes are his go-to as he can size up what his defender is doing and manipulate him to get open on those option routes and is a good 3rd down receiver due to that. When plays break down, he has very good football IQ to find the soft spot in the defense and find the open zone for his Quarterback to find him.

Improvements/Concerns

Wilson has good hands but does have concentration drops and is not the greatest run blocker...nor the most willing in that aspect, which could limit his ceiling at the next level to be a slot receiver and return man. His inconsistencies throughout his career is also a concern. Perhaps, it just took a little longer for him to realize his potential and contributions to the team in other aspects of the game, but for now it appears that Wilson has put it together.

Devy Value

I would be buying Wilson now. In C2C leagues he is rostered in about 72% of leagues and in limited waiver leagues, he is worth a pick up and you won't have to spend much of your budget. Come 2024 NFL draft, he could very well be a late day 2 or early day 3 guy to have on your NFL side and see how he does at very little cost. As a devy asset, being very little to no risk, he is a buy.

NFL Outlook

Wilson should test very well.  He is 6'0" with verified 4.37 in the 40 yard dash with other verified measurables, such as 4.09 shuttle, 39.10 vertical. Those are very good numbers and with his production as a Senior and likely a Senior Bowl invitee, Wilson should garner some buzz and decent draft capital. I can see Wilson getting the type of rise that Jonathon Mingo and Michael Wilson received this past draft class. Wilson fits today's NFL and the mold that teams are looking for.