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2018 NFL Draft prospect profile: Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State

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Could Wilson help fill out the Giants’ wide receiver depth chart?

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Wide receiver isn’t a position that is commonly seen as an area of need for the New York Giants. However, potential cap cuts could reveal a lack of depth behind super-star Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard.

That potential need fits well with a wide receiver draft class that is short on top tier talent, but deep in talented future role players.

Boise State’s Cedrick Wilson is one such player. He has been productive in his two years at Boise State, but while the Broncos are well regarded as a program, they don’t get the national attention that some other schools do. Wilson is flying a bit under the radar, but could he have a future as a Giant?

Measurables

Pros

  • Long frame gives a good catch radius.
  • Capable of separating with his route running.
  • Good top speed, long strides eat up turff.
  • Surprising quickness in and out of breaks.
  • Competitive player. Flashes a fiery streak on the field.
  • Offers special teams upide as a returner.

Cons

  • Narrow build has limited potential to add mass.
  • Functional strength is a question.
  • Relatively inexperienced. Only four years at receiver, two at Boise State.
  • Body catches far too often.
  • Occasionally rounds his routes too much.

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What They’re Saying

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“They like him inside his building. He’s a worker and he doesn’t take anything for granted because he had to work his way into this position. He’s self made. I go to bat for those guys because they never let you down due to football character.” -- AFC team area scout

-via NFL.com

Does He Fit The Giants?

Cedrick Wilson is going to be a good receiver for some team. He might not be a true “Number One” receiver, but as a “Z” or Flanker, he will be a legitimate contributor in the NFL. He has a number of traits that are fairly exciting, such as his height and ability to stretch the field.

He will need to sharpen his route running, as well as become a more consistent hands catcher. Too often he catches the ball with his body, shrinking what should be a fairly large catch radius. He is capable of snatching the ball out of the air, which he repeatedly did in his 9 catch, 167 yard, 3 touchdown game against New Mexico, but he doesn’t do it consistently.

His whip-thin frame might also scare some teams, who could consider him an injury risk or worry about his ability to get off aggressive press coverage or block. However, he is likely to be drafted some time on the second day of the draft.

Wilson is a natural fit opposite a true “X” receiver who can play up on the line of scrimmage. His size and potential to threaten a defense deep is something that the team doesn’t have much of. If the value is right, it’s possible the Giants could invest in Wilson to help fill out a thin receiving depth chart and add a returner.