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NFL Draft Scouting Report: Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Scouting report: Physical Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson is profiled and evaluated for the 2017 NFL Draft.

Quincy Wilson -- Florida Gators

Position: Cornerback

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 211
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FA
Experience: Jr. - 3 year starter

Measurables:

40yd dash: 4.54
Broad jump: 118”
Vertical: 32”
3-cone: 6.86
20yd. Shuttle: 4.02
Bench Press: 14 reps

Career Notes:

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.

 

Injury Report: 

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.

 

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Analysis:

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.

Speed: 3.5/5.0

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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April 15, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Not a fan. One guy I hope the packers don't draft. Projects into a safety. Will have trouble outside. And we have enough guys inside. He will only get slower. Hyde got slower, and so will Quincy Wilson.

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April 15, 2017 at 12:41 pm

I'm not hung up on his 40 time. He's a really good cover CB whose physicality plays directly toward what the Packers like to do. He would immediately upgrade this Packer CB group and could step right into the starting lineup--even with House on the roster. People talk about square pegs and round holes? This guy is a round peg (and he's scheme flexible). Like this guy a lot.

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stockholder's picture

April 15, 2017 at 03:47 pm

No, i'll give up 2 " - Desmond King would be better fit and better value.

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April 15, 2017 at 04:14 pm

Agree to disagree, but I would argue that Wilson has better cover skills and will last longer at CB than King. I don't think King plays CB in the NFL at all except in zone or maybe in the slot. They're both good players, though, and both would fill needs for the Packers.

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April 15, 2017 at 04:52 pm

I don't think King plays CB in the NFL at all except in zone or maybe in the slot. ( I think that could be very True.) But King is the top rated CB for his cover skills as a "senior". (This was taken from OurLads. ) Before the juniors at the combine. I prefer the seniors to most juniors. Better tackling! So when the article rated Wilson high. Just can't see Q. Wilson.

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April 16, 2017 at 05:46 am

"This was taken from OurLads" - Such a reputable source. Sounds like a disgusting child porn site.

"I prefer the seniors to most juniors. Better tackling!" - That's brilliant analysis. The best athletes turn pro prior to their senior years. Or maybe you think Myles Garrett would become a better player by staying all four years.

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April 16, 2017 at 08:33 am

Thats not a fair comparison and you know it. Different positions.

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TommyG's picture

April 15, 2017 at 05:52 pm

Slow and can't tackle? Sign him up!

Yes that is a sarcastic tone in which I typed.

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