NAME: Caleb Wilson
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 81
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 235 lbs
PROS: Excellent hands catcher who has no trouble snagging high-velocity balls away from his frame and at odd angles with long arms and powerful mitts. Catches well through contact and when going to the ground with nice adjustment ability. Can rip through contact in the second level to separate into space; also works good wiggle at the top of routes to push defenders away from his intended break. Has really nice burst out of his breaks to win an initial step of separation. Not particularly fast over distances but has nice initial explosiveness from the line and after the initial break. Will open strides and step hard on defender’s toes to fabricate vertical push to create more separation–generally, runs crisp, no nonsense routes.
Has shown the ability to track over his shoulder, though downfield profile is thus far under-represented. Does well to seal off backside flow during zone concepts–has powerful lower body and torsion strength through core to turn defenders backside. Will explode into the second level as a blocker and win initial leverage quickly; uses explosiveness to generate initial displacement to open running lanes. With latch and drive for multiple yards as well as a second-level blocker. Pass protection a mixed bag of results.
CONS: Not overly quick or big, thus necessitating added mass to be a true TE at the NFL level. Not a driving force as a frontside blocker against EMLOS, likely due in part to his insufficient mass. Inability to displace without first generating velocity over a runway limits his ability as an inline blocker. Lateral quickness issues will show up in pass protection. Has very few broken tackles across his film and does not show any wiggle in space, nor does he like to lower his shoulder to run through people. Good at creating space as a route runner and winning when there is space to be had, but the next level to his game is being able to create his own YAC.
– Benjamin Solak