Oct 27, 2012; Huntington, WV, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd wide receiver Antavious Wilson (9) is brought down by Central Florida Knights defensive back A.J. Bouye (21) during the first quarter at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets UDFA Spotlight: WR Antavious Wilson


With the draft clearly in our rear view mirrors, we move onward and upward. As promised, we are going to start looking at some of the UDFA’s, as most will be unknown, and look at their pros and cons, and see how they might fit in with the New York Jets.

As a footnote, Sean L Durham will be along later in the week with his assessment of the draft class.

To start off our look at the UDFA’s, we take a look at a position that the Jets didn’t assess during the draft itself at all. The position is wide receiver, and the prospect is from Marshall University. This morning, we take a look at young WR Antavious Wilson.

Wilson measures 6’1″, 196 pounds (per ESPN). At his pro day, Wilson ran the 40 yard dash in 4.7 seconds, and posted a 10’02″ broad jump.

Here are his stats from the days at the Thundering Herd of Marshall:

REC YDS AVG LNG TD
2012 69 741 10.7 42
2011 29 462 15.9 56
2010 29 342 11.8 45
2009 60 724 12.1 60

Here are some highlights from Antavious’ career:

PROS: At 6’1″, Wilson presents a big target for his quarterback. He will be an asset at his size for whomever is the quarterback of this team. At a 4.7 40 yard dash, he doesn’t have elite speed, but he has game speed. What I mean is that he is elusive, can make the first man miss to get the extra YAC, which is essential in a Est Coast offensive system. He also uses his body well to box the defender away from the football.

CONS: He catches the football a bit with his body. That could cause him to drop a few when he hits the NFL. His speak isn’t “breakaway” speed, although I am nitpicking a bit now. He can make people miss, but he is not off to the races when he has the ball in his hands. Whenever someone comes from a small school, you have to wonder about his competition he has faced as well.

As a UDFA, he comes with good value. This young man clearly has talent, and will have a chance to make his mark on the 2013 New York Jets roster, and we wish him luck.

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