Name: Quincy Wilson
Position fit: Cornerback
Stats to know: Allowed an NFL passer rating of just 29.9 on throws into his coverage in 2016.
What he does best:
- Willing to gamble and break on the ball, and had three interceptions in 2016, despite being targeted just 49 times.
- Good movement skills for his size. Closes on the ball quickly and can mirror receivers early in the route.
- Often runs comebacks as well as the wide receiver.
- Plays the deep ball well, stays on top of the route and can make a play on the ball.
- Does not get beat often. Gave up 16, 25 and 16 catches in each of the past three years. In total, he gave up just 616 yards on passes thrown into his coverage between 2014 and 2016 (he did benefit somewhat from inaccurate quarterbacks).
- Loves to get physical and press wide receivers. At his best when he can jam the WR off the snap.
- Reads and reacts very well against screen. Can come up and make tackles close to, or behind, the line of scrimmage.
- Just didn't allow much production from wide receivers against him. Allowed an NFL passer rating of just 29.9 on throws into his coverage throughout 2016.
- One flaw in his ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage is getting beat inside. Had numerous plays, resulting in both completions and incompletions, where he lost the receiver on an inside move.
- Will have to improve at being subtler with contact in the NFL. Physical to the point that he blurs the line on what would be flagged in the NFL. Was flagged five times in 2016.
- Can get a little bit lost in off coverage at times. 77 of the 227 yards he allowed last year came on plays where he looked to switch off.
- Will lose receivers at intermediate level. Struggled somewhat against post routes, giving up 61 yards on throws into his coverage, and being saved on another potential big play by a drop by the receiver.
- Has never seen extensive playing time at any position other than right cornerback in his time at Florida.
- Gambles often. Paid off for him at Florida but there were times where he got lucky. Against better quarterbacks and receivers in the NFL, that could backfire.
Player comparison: Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs
Whether or not Wilson can make an impact in the NFL early in his career like Peters did remains a big question mark, but like Peters he is more than willing to gamble to try and make a big play. That led to nine interceptions from Peters as a rookie, but also saw him 1,057 yards on throws into his coverage.
Bottom line: Wilson is a gambler and that's more than likely to see big plays, both good and bad, on his NFL highlight reel. In a very strong cornerback class, he likely sees his value pushed down and out of the first round, but at worst you would expect to hear his name called on Day 2, and he has a chance to be a Day 1 starter in the NFL.