Roman Wilson - WR - Michigan

Roman Wilson might be another Michigan wide receiver who has fallen victim to low passing volume offenses. He’s declaring as a true senior with just 107 receptions, 1,707 receiving yards, and 20 receiving touchdowns to his career. But he’s been turning heads early this offseason and there’s some real buzz around his name.

Measurables

Height: 5′ 10″

Weight: 185 lbs

Age: 23

40-yard dash: 4.39s

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: DNP

Broad Jump: DNP

Bench Press: 12

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Receiving & Rushing Table
ReceivingRushingScrimmage
YearSchoolConfClassPosGRecYdsAvgTDAttYdsAvgTDPlaysYdsAvgTD
2020MichiganBig TenFRWR6912213.61199.001013113.11
*2021MichiganBig TenSOWR132542016.8335919.702847917.13
*2022MichiganBig TenJR122537615.0423919.522741515.46
*2023MichiganBig TenSRWR154878916.41211010.004979916.312
CareerMichigan107170716.020711716.72114182416.022
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/16/2024.

Notable Headlines

Wilson joined the Michigan Wolverines as a mid-four-star recruit out of Honolulu, Hawaii. As a true freshman, he appeared in all 6 games (COVID year) but recorded just over 100 yards and a touchdown. He stepped it up as a sophomore when previous leading receiver, Ronnie Bell, missed nearly the entire season. Wilson recorded 420 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns as he was behind Cornelius Johnson and tight end Erick All in receptions and receiving yards. 

Wilson’s Junior season was a similar result with only 376 receiving yards and 4 receiving touchdowns. Ronnie Bell returned healthy this season and led the team in receptions and receiving yards, Cornelius Johnson still worked ahead of Wilson, and Luke Schoonmaker stood out as a receiving tight end before making his way to the NFL the following offseason. With everyone except Cornelius Johnson gone, Roman Wilson finally shined as the leading receiver in 2023 despite splitting receptions nearly down the middle with Johnson and tight end Colston Loveland. But Wilson dominated the touchdowns category with 12 and showed out enough to declare for the NFL Draft as a true senior. 

Scouting Report

Positives

Wilson displays good speed on the field and that was demonstrated during his 40-yard dash as he recorded a 4.39-second finish. He adds on really impressive ball skills and an ability to control his body for tough grabs through contact or on the sidelines. He showed to possess reliable hands with a knack for catching away from his body with surprisingly long reach and natural hands.

He showed to be a solid route runner with a solid use of leverage. Again, he utilizes his speed well in his route-running techniques to gain additional separation from defenders. Finally, he provides a nice versatility element to his game with an ability to succeed in the slot or on the outside. 

Negatives

Wilson leaves some left to be desired in the yards after the catch game as he is average at best, generally getting what’s blocked in front of him and consistently going down on first contact. He has a smaller frame and that stands out against physical defenders when they get their hands on him – easily re-routing him and throwing off timing. Additionally, as a route runner, he has room to improve his footwork and explosiveness at the breaking points of his routes to provide cleaner breaks. Plus his usage of leverage could be more consistent. 

And while he showed versatility in college with his ability to line up in the slot or outside, his limitations mentioned here along with his slighter frame might also limit him in the NFL to a slot-only role. Overall, there is a lack of volume throughout his collegiate career due to depth chart position, injuries, and just the run-heavy offense that he’s been in. The lack of volume leaves a lot of questions unanswered in terms of what he can do on the field.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Round 4

Landing Spots

The Buffalo Bills are a top landing spot for wide receiver prospects this offseason as they’ve already let Gabe Davis walk and Stefon Diggs isn’t getting any younger. Wilson likely isn’t a WR1 in an offense, but he can work alongside Diggs and eventually a future WR1 and maybe even fill that WR1 role if there is a gap period between Diggs and the next alpha wide receiver. The New York Jets is another team that could be taking shots at wide receiver late as they have plenty of other needs, like the offensive line, that can be addressed earlier. But the receiver is still a need as they have Garrett Wilson and a lot of bodies at the moment.

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