Garrett Wilson enters the 2022 NFL Draft with a big chip on his shoulder, as he’s considered by many to be the top wide receiver prospect in an impressive class of pass catchers. Below, TheLines will examine Garrett Wilson odds and rumors, including where he ranks amongst the 2022 WR class, and where NFL Insiders are projecting he lands.
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Garrett Wilson Odds: NFL Draft Position
Garrett Wilson Odds: WR Props
Garrett Wilson remains the favorite to be the first receiver taken off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft.
There are a number of teams said to be in the running to draft Wilson, but the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets remain the two teams pegged to go WR early in this draft. It’s just a matter of whether Wilson is the WR1 on their boards.
Some recent speculation suggests Jameson Williams was the WR1 for many teams before he tore his ACL, and some teams may not care that he’s currently injured. His odds to be the first WR selected have slowly shrunk from +700 to around +200.
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What NFL Draft Insiders are Saying
NFL Network insider Daniel Jeremiah, who likens the Ohio State product to NFL Pro Bowler Stefon Diggs, said that Wilson is an excellent route-runner, and a great deal of his production is a result from his ability to gain yards after the catch (YAC). Jeremiah also praised him for his acceleration and route-running abilities, affirming that Wilson gets to his top speed very quickly in the route, and is able to gain separation rather easily.
Jeremiah is pretty close with the Jets front office. If he has a wide receiver going fourth overall in his final mock (not out yet at the time of publish), that should absolutely get bettors attention.
NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein has a similar perspective on the WR, as he referred to Wilson as a high-character prospect, who can stretch the field and make acrobatic catches. In his recent mock draft, Zierlein has Wilson being drafted in the top ten.
Both Zierlein and Jeremiah have the Buckeye going eighth overall to the Atlanta Falcons, making him the first receiver taken off the Draft board. On the Moves the Sticks Podcast, Jeremiah and former NFL Scout Bucky Brooks, spoke to the benefit of drafting a WR early, considering how much the position is getting paid on second contracts vs. rookie deals.
“If you’re a team drafting inside the top ten, and your preferred edge rusher is no longer available, there is a ton of value at the wide receiver position.”
In agreement, Brooks pointed out that the New York Jets have two selections inside the top ten, and could “definitely target a player like Wilson.”