Rookie Rewind: Garrett Wilson

Matt Parkinson introduces Jets fans to their new receiver, Garrett Wilson.

With the 10th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select, WR, Garrett Wilson from THE Ohio State University.

Wilson hails from Ohio but eventually moved to Austin Texas, one of the football capitals of the world, where he played his ball at Lake Travis High School.  He emerged as a star in all athletics, especially basketball and of course football.  Wilson would receive scholarship offers in basketball, but would ultimately choose football, as his numbers were just insane.  For the class of 2019, he was ranked the number 2 WR in the country, with an 88-scouting grade, and 4-Stars to show for it according to ESPN.com.  As a highly touted recruit from Austin, many expected Wilson to sign with the Texas Longhorns, but instead, he chose to go back to Ohio, joining the Buckeyes.

Wilson joined a stacked wide receiver room that we’ve gotten so used to at Ohio State, and still found a way to shine as a true freshman.  While he didn’t start any games his freshman season, he still showed out corralling 5 TDs.  In a COVID-shortened season, Wilson started all 8 games while putting up impressive numbers of 43 REC, 723 YDS, and 6 TDs.  This would earn him First Team All-Big Ten, as well as First Team All-American.  Finally, during his junior campaign, this past season, the Buckeyes fielded one of the best-receiving corps that college football has ever seen.  Wilson was still able to produce reeling in 12 TDs in 12 games, earning him Second Team All-Big Ten honors.  Wilson would elect to forgo his senior year and declare for the 2022 NFL Draft, leaving behind a strong legacy in Columbus.

During the NFL Draft process, Wilson was seen as a first-round talent, normally hovering around the first 10-15 picks.  He was commended for fast and quick play, along with his catch radius.  He was also seen as a great receiver against single coverage.  Some of his weaknesses were noted as an inexperienced route runner and a lack of focus at the catch point, producing drops.  Overall, Wilson was seen as a strong prospect, drawing comparisons to the likes of Eddie Royal, T. Y. Hilton, and Calvin Ridley.

With the 10th pick in this year’s draft, we knew we needed a WR to help Zach Wilson take that next step.  The Jets clearly knew that too, as they used this their 2nd of ultimately 3 first rounders to nab Ohio State standout, Garrett Wilson.  Wilson to Wilson is going to be an elite call, and we cannot wait to hear and experience it.

“What’s better than 1 Wilson? 2 Wilsons. Let’s gooooooooo!!!!!!!” – Zach Wilson via Twitter