NAME: Mitchell Wilcox
JERSEY: No. 89
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 245 lbs
PROS: Smooth runner in the open field with multiple gears to work into windows in the second level. WR like frame with thinner hips and torso; lined up almost exclusively in the slot. Can smoke safeties and linebackers in man coverage; very snappy in and out of his breaks to quickly uncover and generate throwing windows. Fearless of contact across the middle of the field with a large catch radius; has sticky hands to pluck high-velocity throws out of the air. Particularly impresses in ability to control body in mid-air/mid-cut to work back to inaccurate footballs.
Runs routes with an understanding of timing and progressions. Works head fakes and convincing false cuts into multi-break routes when asked to do so. Downfield presence isn’t frequently called upon, but skills seem to translate. A willing blocker in space who has the athleticism to tag defenders on the move, though upper body strength to latch on and sustain is a question mark. Uses oily hips well as an H-back blocker in running game/pass protection, recruiting full body power and minimizing detriment of tall and lean frame.
CONS: Does have some concentration drops that you’d like to see cleaned up. Often looking to turn and run upfield before corralling the football. Doesn’t have a strong YAC profile off of the film I’ve seen, though that is due in part to the nature of his routes in the Bulls’ offense — he’s very often hit immediately after the catch. When YAC chances present themselves, lacks contact balance and elusive instincts/vision.
Will likely never be a great blocker; seems to have quite thin hips. 245 pound listed weight may be overstating the matter. Could generally use more meat on his frame, especially in the torso and lower back, though teams may prefer to keep him as an Evan Engram type (WR-exclusive) player, at which case his current mass is fine.
Would like to see more seam routes that demand jump ball reps.
– Benjamin Solak