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2016 NFL Draft: Is De'Runnya Wilson the solution to the Giants' red zone woes?

Mississippi State wide receiver De'Runnya Wilson brings some interesting tools to the field, but does he have what it takes to help take the Giants' offense to the next level?

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The New York Giants have fielded a dangerous, and high powered, offense under Ben McAdoo. However, despite the brilliance of Odell Beckham Jr. the Giants' haven't had much success scoring from inside the 20-yard line.

In the "Red Zone" there just isn't a much field for the defense to cover, and the game gets even faster than normal. Outside of Beckham -- and occasionally Shane Vereen and Will Tye -- the Giants don't have the kinds of players who can create separation quickly and make the difficult catches the red zone requires.

With that in mind, let's take a look at one of the bigger receivers in the 2016 draft class, De'Runnya Wilson out of Mississippi State


Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 215 pounds

40 Time: 4.57s (projected)


  • Long receiver with a big natural catch radius
  • Long strider who can eat up yardage when he gets the room to run
  • While not especially powerful, he isn't afraid to get physical and pick up every inch he can
  • Shows good body control and surprising quickness for a bigger receiver
  • Looks to be a natural "hands catcher" who plucks the ball out of the air


  • Despite his length, isn't stoutly built. A bit lanky, and could use more strength
  • Lacks the "extra gear" to take the top off a defense
  • Played with a developing QB, so his route running might be a bit raw
  • Was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in March of 2015

Prospect Video

Big Board Rankings

Big Blue View - Not in Top 50.

Mocking The Draft - 86th overall

CBS - 95th overall

Draft Tek - 82nd overall

Does He Fit With the Giants?

Well, considering he plays at a position that is decidedly threadbare beyond Beckham, yes, he fits.

However, given that he isn't technically polished, it might be a bit much to expect him to come in and contribute right away. His size and short area quickness give him some definite advantages, assuming the Giants put him in position to succeed right away, however the precision and timing of the offense might limit him to start.

Final Thoughts

De'Runnya Wilson is an interesting prospect. You don't often see receivers his size that can be described as "quicker than fast" (one of my favorite Mayockisms). That's not a bad thing, though; if you can put them in position to win, unique players are the ones that win games.

At the very least, Wilson's height, hands, willingness to take a hit, and quickness all combine to make him an intriguing player in short yardage or red zone situations. If the Giants can develop those tools, he could make a good value depending on how the draft shakes out.