Caleb Wilson

UCLA
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Prospect Info

College
UCLA
Hometown
Class
Dallas, TX
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
240 lbs
33”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.11
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Arizona
Cardinals
Round 7 ‧ Pick 40
40 Yard Dash
4.56u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
113.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.2
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.4
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
12.18
Seconds
 

Playlist

Wilson is the son of former Oklahoma Sooner defensive lineman and current defensive line coach of the 2017 Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. Before heading to the NFL, he coached at USC –- where Caleb signed coming out of Serra High School as a dual-threat quarterback/receiver. He had also played quarterback at North Oconee High in Georgia as a junior, though he missed the season due to injury, and at Starkville High in Mississippi as a sophomore. Wilson initially committed to Old Dominion to play quarterback before changing his mind to redshirt as a walk-on tight end at Southern Cal. Once his father left the school, Wilson transferred to the Bruins as they could offer him a scholarship. He played right away, suiting up for all 12 games as a reserve tight end and on special teams (16-220-13.8). Wilson was breaking out as a major threat as a sophomore, catching 38 passes for 490 yards (12.9 average) and one score in five starts. A Colorado defender rolled over his right foot, however, ending his 2017 season prematurely. His father actually suffered the same injury late in his college career, but there was no effective surgery at the time. Wilson, on the other hand, came back strong in 2018. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as a junior, starting all 12 games and making 60 receptions for 965 yards (16.1 average) and four touchdowns.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7-Priority free agent
Overview
A productive junior season likely tilted his decision to come out early, but Wilson is still in the developmental phase and will need additional weight work and practice time before he is NFL-ready. Wilson is a pass-catching tight end only, but his ball skills are currently below par. His lower-body tightness will limit his effectiveness underneath, but he proved at the combine he has speed as a second- and third-level target. Wilson could rate as a back-end backup.
Strengths
  • Son of an NFL coach and former 1992 draft pick
  • Heavily targeted junior season with above-average ball production
  • Has ability to work the seams and deep outs
  • Vines for arms that can rescue high throws
  • Impressive ability for tall tight end to drop low and scoop catches
  • Build-up speed to catch and roll if he catches it in stride
  • Runs with some determination after the catch
  • Has feet to mirror and sustain as blocker from the slot
Weaknesses
  • Gangly build lacks functional mass
  • Gets into routes with low knees and restricted strides
  • Early play speed is lacking
  • Too tall to get in and out of breaks smoothly
  • Pinballed by route redirection
  • Disappointing separation quickness out of turns
  • Below-average hand-eye coordination as pass catcher
  • Wide-hand hug blocks rather than inside hands
  • Lacks strength to hold-up as in-line blocker in the league

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league