Quincy Wilson -- Florida Gators
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FA
Experience: Jr. - 3 year starter
40yd dash: 4.54
Broad jump: 118”
20yd. Shuttle: 4.02
Bench Press: 14 reps
As an All-American defensive back in high school, Wilson was highly recruited, but ultimately he chose Florida over notable programs like Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Clemson, and Ohio State. Wilson’s father, Chad Wilson, played corner at the University of Miami and then went on to spend a season with the Dallas Cowboys.
Football runs in Wilson’s family, and the Florida native made his talent apparent immediately in college by carving out a role for himself in the Gators defense as a true freshman. While he only started in two contests at cornerback in 2014, Wilson got on the field in all 12 games, recording 22 tackles, three pass breakups, and one interception.
In 2015, Wilson took over a full-time starting role a few games into his sophomore season. Lining up alongside Vernon Hargreaves and Jalen Tabor, Wilson excelled as a boundary corner in the Gators defense, recording five pass breakups and two interceptions. His performance against standout Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell gained him national attention.
Wilson emerged as a top NFL prospect midway through the 2016 season, where his outstanding coverage stood out each week. He surpassed highly regarded teammate Jalen Tabor as Florida’s top defensive back. Wilson recorded 33 tackles, six pass breakups, and three interceptions and started all 13 games, earning Second Team All-SEC honors. Wilson then declared for the NFL at the end of his junior year.
Since taking over the starting job in 2015 Wilson didn't miss a start in college. He also didn't suffer any significant injuries in college.
Man Coverage: 5.0/5.0
Wilson excels in man coverage. He’s excellent at pressing at the line of scrimmage and redirecting receivers from their route progression. His length allows him to get his hands on the opponent’s chest and disrupt their release. Wilson also plays with very good footwork and has the flexibility to flip his hips and turn and run with receivers downfield. He defends the deep ball very well and rarely allows his man to get behind him. He also does a tremendous job reading route progressions and sticking on the receiver’s hip in and out of breaks. Wilson rarely bites on double moves and has the ability to take top receivers out of the game. He’s physical in coverage, contesting jump balls and challenging receivers on crossing routes. Wilson also has tremendous ball skills and can make quarterbacks pay for throwing in his direction. .
Zone Coverage: 4.3/5.0
Wilson is very solid in zone coverage. While man coverage is the strength of his game, Wilson’s instincts really stand out when he drops in zone. He does a great job reading the quarterback’s eyes and then jumping routes to make plays on the ball. He has good closing speed and reaction ability to break up and contest passes. At times, Wilson’s inconsistency as a tackler does hurt him when dropping in zone. He can whiff at times when having to make stops out in space.
Run Support: 2.5/5.0
Wilson shows good assertiveness against the run, but his tackling needs to be a lot more consistent. He tends to either tackle too high or just settle for diving at a ball carrier’s feet. And although he’s aggressive, he establishes a poor base when squaring up a halfback, which can lead to him getting run over. This doesn’t mean, however, that Wilson doesn’t possess the tools to be a good run defender. At times, he shows an ability to make stops against the run. He just needs to work on being more consistent in this area.
Athletic Ability: 4.0/5.0
While he may not be a top tier athlete compared to his peers, Wilson is a solid athlete, especially for a defensive back of his size. He finished with one of the fastest 20-yard shuttle times (4.09) among the defensive back group at the NFL Combine, and hislateral quickness and smooth change of direction ability show up on film. Wilson has the quick footwork and hip fluidity to match receivers pace-for-pace in their route progressions.
Wilson has average straight-line speed, forcing him to win with technique, quickness, and length. He does appear to be faster on tape than he tested at the combine, but the lack of top-end speed could hurt him a bit at the next level. The speed concern could also hurt his draft stock with some teams. However, there are plenty of quality starting cornerbacks in the NFL with speed in the mid 4.5 range.
Impact Play Ability: 4.3/5.0
Wilson has very good ball skills and shows a knack for tracking the ball in the air. He also has a good feel for when to gamble and jump routes to make a play. He's a smart player with excellent awareness for route progressions and play fakes. According to Pro Football Focus, Wilson also held opposing quarterbacks to an average passer rating of 32.0 in 2016. His ability to make plays on the ball and shut out receivers can really impact a defense.
Summary: Wilson is a mid to late-first round talent with immediate starting ability in the NFL as a rookie. His technique and awareness in coverage are very polished. His measurables also check the list at the position. The average speed could cause him to drop a few spots on draft day, but he's still a very talented cornerback with some playmaking ability in coverage.
Overall Grade: 3.93/5.0
If Drafted by the Packers:
Wilson would fit very well in Dom Capers scheme. Green Bay likes to ask their corners to play a variety of coverages, masking their scheme in a similar fashion to Florida’s system. However, Capers especially loves to have his corners play press man coverage to give his pass rushers time to get after the quarterback.
Wilson excels in press-man and would give the Packers another big, physical cornerback to line up on the boundary opposite of Davon House. With similar size, Wilson brings better athleticism and speed than House and LaDarius Gunter. He could compete immediately for playing time with Gunter.
Wilson’s presence in the Packers secondary would also allow Green Bay to move Damarious Randall and Quentin Rollins over the slot. As nickel corners, Randall and Rollins could be freed up more to make plays on the ball and be asked less to match one-on-one with on the boundary with opposing receivers.
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