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Michael Wilson Is Blossoming Into Difference-Maker

  • Ryan Fowler
  • February 1, 2023
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MOBILE, Ala. — A multi-year captain and one of the latest risers in the pre-draft process, Stanford’s Michael Wilson has been nothing short of fantastic through the first two days of work at the Senior Bowl. A 6-foot-1 blend of size, speed, and hands, learning who the man is behind the mask has shone a brand new spotlight on the type of impact player he can be both on the field, and in the locker room.

Getting to know Wilson post-practice Tuesday was an absolute treat. An inspiring young man whose passion and willingness to consistently improve to take his game to the next level, the voices in his ear provide the clarity as to just how unique of an athlete he can be for an NFL team come next fall. Hines Ward and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are just two of the longtime NFLers that have taken Wilson under their wing in supporting and elevating his game, which will allow him to thrive from day one at the NFL level.

It’s not an easy transition for many. While some disregard the grace period first-year players have to go through, it’s oftentimes an uphill battle for even the most talented rookies to find their footing starting at rookie minicamp. For Wilson, however, a multifaceted wideout whose game has raised eyebrows during the showcase circuit, being as well-rounded as possible beyond the fact that he can separate from a defender or play above the rim makes him stand out among the rest.

Even though it’s become an annual commonality for a lot of players, finding an elite trait that carries a draft stock isn’t easy. For Wilson, while he won’t run 4.2 in the 40 or be able to showcase elite production on a stat sheet over his five seasons for Stanford, it’s all about projectability. Projectability meshed with traits produces a talent worth drafting.

Moving forward, it’s about building on what Wilson has done so far—impress. Stacking day after day in the biggest job interview of your life is a good start, and in Mobile, impressions hold a heavy amount of weight. In a wideout class where a lot remains unsettled at the top, showcasing well against the top corners in the country in one-on-ones has been a common theme for Wilson early this week. 

Although the offenses at the Senior Bowl remain extremely vanilla, finding creases and open spots has seen him become a safety net for quarterbacks Jake Haener, Jaren Hall, and Malik Cunningham on the National Team side. While 9-routes and post corners haven’t been hit often, executing fundamentals is something overlooked. Michael Wilson’s knack for doing all the little things right hasn’t gone overlooked during such an intricate process.

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