Donovan Wilson

Texas A&M
S

Prospect Info

College
Texas A&M
Hometown
Class
Shreveport, LA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
199 lbs
33 3/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.13
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Dallas
Cowboys
Round 6 ‧ Pick 41
40 Yard Dash
--u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
18
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
36.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
127.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Wilson was the Shreveport Defensive Player of the Year and an all-state pick at Woodlawn High School after picking off 13 passes his senior year. He played in 10 games as a true freshman (19 tackles, two for loss), ending the year with his first start and a team-best nine tackles against West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl. Wilson played nickel as a sophomore, starting seven of 13 games, making 63 tackles, 8.5 for loss, two sacks, a team-high five interceptions, three pass breakups, and three forced fumbles. He started seven of 12 games at nickel in 2016, contributing 59 stops, 5.5 for loss, an interception, and two passes defensed. Wilson's 2017 season ended quickly, as he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the opener. He finished his career at A&M on a positive note, though, starting 11 of 12 games at safety and recording 66 tackles, 4.5 for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, and five pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7
Overview
Hard-hitting safety who helps lead the team off the field and helps get them lined up on the field. Wilson lacks the range and fluidity in space to ball-hawk from split zone duties, but he does have the size and physicality to potentially take on a down safety role with some tight end cover duties. To make a roster, however, his special teams plays will be critical.
Strengths
  • Considered one of the toughest guys on his team
  • NFL safety size with solid frame and long arms
  • Picked up complicated defense quickly
  • Won't turn down a chance to lay the wood
  • Has nickel cover experience over two-year period
  • Disguises and times-up his blitzes
  • Plays with good awareness and route recognition
  • Quick to range over and cover for blitzing cornerbacks
  • Plus ball tracking with ability to adjust to the throw
  • Showed off ball skills with diving interception against Arkansas
Weaknesses
  • Has to learn to play with more discipline and self-control
  • Had multiple targeting penalties called against him
  • Bumpy backpedal and clunky change of direction in space
  • Hips too slow to unlock in his transitions
  • Takes too much time to gather and drive on the throw
  • Below average closing burst Lacks desired long speed
  • Has ball skills but may not have traits for NFL ball production
Sources Tell Us

"He used to be one of those guys who just did the bare minimum to get by, but they say he works his tail off now. He busted it to get back on the field after missing last year and that speaks to how his football character has really improved." - AFC area scout

News

The Debrief

Winners and losers from Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft

Five best value picks from Day 2: Bears nail Montgomery selection

Winners and losers from Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Draft: The five best value picks of Round 1

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