Bryce Ford-Wheaton NFL Draft

Bryce Ford-Wheaton

  • WR West Virginia
  • Junior
  • #152
  • 6'3"
  • 224lbs
  • Prospect
  • Big 12

2022 Season

REC

27

YDS

319

TD

4

YDS/REC

11.815

Prospect Summary

Bryce Ford-Wheaton 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Background: 

  • Third-generation WVU football player. Grandfather and uncle were RBs for Mountaineers
  • Missed six games his high school senior season with a shoulder injury
  • Two-way player in high school (defensive back and wide receiver)
  • First player in WVU history to wear number ‘0’

System: 

  • Scheme tendencies: Air Raid offense
  • 2022 projected role: Starting WR

Pros: Bryce Ford-Wheaton is a big-bodied wide receiver who is a difficult chore for defensive players to stay physical with on the outside. Ford-Wheaton has very good linear acceleration and the ability to threaten defenses on routes developing further down the field. That said, he’s been a fairly diverse target with his opportunities early in 2022 and appears to have some ceiling to continue to develop and become a well-rounded route-runner. The Mountaineers have used him in perimeter screens in addition to his work vertically and he’s starting to show signs of life working back down the route stem for hard angles. He succeeds in tracking the football vertically and utilizing body control to adjust to the football. That body control comes in handy in contested situations as well, which may be where Ford-Wheaton is currently at his best and will continue to stand out amid the quarterback play he’ll likely continue to receive from JT Daniels—a passer who is willing to throw it up and let his receiver make a play. The formula worked for the QB at Georgia with George Pickens and Ford-Wheaton is a bigger target than Pickens while still offering dynamic athleticism. There are promising early returns as a volume receiver early on this season. If he can build upon that, he should be able to continue to boost his perception and stock.

Cons: Bryce Ford-Wheaton is a body-beautiful player who offers the measurables that entice you as a traditional X-receiver who can defeat press coverage with consistency. But his frame offers a large surface area so having a variety of releases and effective hand fighting are dynamics to his play against better corners that is important to showcase this fall. He’s halfway to his single-season career high in receptions through two games in 2022—he’s not been a volume target to this point that would warrant more high draft stock. He’s off to a great start but sustained success is going to be an important factor for him as a late-blooming receiver prospect who has enticing physical skills. I appreciate how he bounced back the following week from a late-game mistake that played a heavy hand in a Week 1 loss in a rivalry contest to Pittsburgh, but I am also keeping a watchful eye on consistency with hands receptions—drops have been a dynamic to his game that has been in the background for several seasons.

Bryce Ford-Wheaton NFL Draft Scouting Report by Kyle Crabbs