4 best wide receiver fits for Detroit Lions in the 2023 NFL Draft
4. Michael Wilson, Stanford
If not for injuries costing him substantial time in each of his last three seasons at Stanford, Wilson would likely be a higher draft pick. He’s got good size (6-foot-2, 213 pounds at the NFL Combine), good enough timed speed (4.58 40-yard dash) and his play speed is noticeable it terms of separation he gets and the effort he plays with overall.
There’s just not enough volume of tape, with only playing 14 games over the last three seasons. But the traits are there. If had simply been on the field more, with a fellow draft prospect at quarterback (Tanner McKee) for the Cardinal….
In his evaluation, Lance Zierlein of NFL.com called Wilson a “cantankerous run blocker.” That feels like a word Dan Campbell would use to describe someone’s play style, not to mention the fact Wilson likes to run block being something that would appeal to the Lions.
The No. 1 question with Wilson is of course is his ability to stay healthy as he heads to the next level. But the risk is reduced, if not eliminated, if he falls to Day 3. With one of their two fifth-round picks (No. 152 or 159), the Lions might take that plunge.