Garrett Wilson has the talent, but will it dominate in year No. 1?
Entering the 2022 NFL offseason, New York Jets fans collectively had one thing on their minds: How would Joe Douglas so about surrounding sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson?
The answer? Heavy and often.
The man the kids call G.M. Joe added multiple tight ends and signed a pro-bowl-level guard in free agency. But, interestingly, wide receiver remained a major need as the Jets encroached upon 2022 NFL draft season.
The full member-only Garrett Wilson film review can be found at the bottom of this article (one hour and twenty minutes in length)
Both Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole left via free agency, and other rumors—such as San Francisco 49ers’ weapon Deebo Samuel—fell through the cracks.
In any event, plenty of discourse among fans—as it pertained to who the Jets should target in the draft—raged furiously. And unsurprisingly, there were plenty of names to choose from, including now-Atlanta Falcons wideout Drake London. But New York opted for a Buckeye in the end.
Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson found his way to the New York Jets at the 10th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft, getting fans in a frenzy just six picks after the Sauce Gardner selection at No. 4.
- Was Garrett Wilson worth the pick?
- How does his game translate to the NFL?
- Was he the best option for the Jets at that selection?
- What are the major areas of development?
These questions are answered (and many more) in this edition of Blewett’s Blitz. Plus, an updated list of strengths and weaknesses and the full member-only film review can be found below.
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Strengths and weaknesses
- Route running capability
- Elite body control
- Catch radius
- Catch in traffic
- Not afraid over the middle
- Route stems (mostly)
- Short area explosion
- Contact balance
- Attacks blind spots
- Uses push-bys in routes
- Body control in air
- Catches ball outside of frame
- Commits to break step
- Eyes snap out of breaks
- Forceful with steps
- Powerful lower half
- Rockers-steps in-route
- Tracks ball well
- Attacks leverage on CB
- Releases- short stride, walk it out, skip and stretch
- Altered route pacing
- Uses bam stems and peak techniques on breaks
- Smooth athlete
- Stemming vertical routes
- Uncovers well on scramble drills
- Secondary releases
- Sideline awareness
- Some easy drops
- Doesn’t possess top-end speed
- Vertical route running vs press
- Bows routes out
- Struggles vs press
- Trouble stacking CBs
- Doesn’t always look the ball in
- Can lunge into stop steps
- Lacks consistency and urgency in routes
- Can take stems too far inside or outside of CB (needs to be tighter at times so CB can’t recover)
- Loose upper body when breaking route off
- Inconsistencies in route running
- Gives chest to CB too often
- Needs to be more aware of CB’s hands
- Needs to condense movements
- Breaks can be rounded or have dead time
- Can be too patient with releases
- Some wasted moment at the snap
- Can lean out if breaks
- Needs to threaten CB more in the press
- Needs to take more direct angles to stack CBs
- Needs to attack low balls better
- Needs to be more forceful with stop steps
- Can fall out of breaks
- Can double catch balls
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