Donovan Wilson, hidden gem?

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  1. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Not many of the draft resources seem to think much of Mr. Wilson, however Frank Coyle of Draft Insiders Digest loves him. He's his hidden gem of this safety class. Frank's a lifer with legit skins on the wall so it's nice to see this.

    Here's the write up. Even has him in the top 10 at the position.


    NFL Premier Player - Harrison Smith
    Blue Chip - Nasir Adderley
    Blue Chip - Johnathan Abram
    Blue Chip - Darnell Savage
    Rising - Amani Hooker
    Falling - Taylor Rapp
    Underrated - Juan Thornhill
    Overrated - Lukas Denis
    Sleeper - Saquan Hampton
    Boom/Bust - Zedrick Woods
    Hidden Gem - Donovan Wilson
    Over drafted - Deionte Thompson

    9) Donovan Wilson #6
    6-0 200 Texas A&M - Sp. 4.50

    Hindu Theory: Sean Davis
    Rating 78

    Rangy, fifth year senior has been a key contributor on the Aggies’ defense, starting for three seasons. Made
    a fine return from a 2017 injury to be a core starter for the talented Aggie defense. Former 3-star recruit
    became an early contributor in sub packages and special team units. Started one game as a true freshman
    before fulltime duty midway of his sophomore season. Missed the 2017 season with an opening day ankle
    injury. Stepped into the starting lineup midway in 2015 as a nickel corner. Wiry physique with good
    movement skills and overall athleticism. Aggressive alert playmaker with fine range and field speed that
    clubs seek in a centerfielder. Displays fine read-react ability on underneath routes. Recognizes routes as
    they are developing. Displays good vision for reading the QB and is a student of the game with good work
    ethic and the film work to know his opponent's tendencies. Decisive attacker who does not shy away from
    contact despite only average frame. Shows the agility to slip through the trash and take down runners.

    Good awareness and ball-skills with the quickness to close on the ball at the catch point. Fine body control
    with some impressive acrobatic diving plays. Flexible in the lower body and moves easily in the secondary
    with quick change of direction. Flips his hips quickly with the ability to mirror down the field and his time at
    nickel helped his coverage skills immensely. At times, looks good in his pedal and accelerates nicely out of
    his breaks, losing little in transition with sound initial reads. In run support, he can at times use too sharp of
    pursuit angles and miss runners. Gets out of control sometimes when breaking down to tackle on the move.
    Despite good catch up speed, he can be put at a disadvantage if he takes many false steps. Sometimes
    keeps his eyes on the QB too long and loses a step in coverage. Possesses the length, reach and speed
    to turn and cover deep with his back to the QB. His matchup abilities with tight ends probably gets him
    drafted. Tendency to be overly aggressive which causes him to give up some big plays, but his playmaking
    and ball skills help him rack up his share of plays. Shows the makeup to start as single-high free safety and
    make plays.

    As a senior, he returned to the field from a season ending injury in the opening game of the
    2017 seasons. For 2018, he started 12 games and made 66 tackles with 4.5 TFL, 1 FF, 2 sacks, 2 picks
    and 3 PBU. As a junior in 2016, he started 7 games at nickel and made 59 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 interception
    and 3 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 199 lbs. with 33 3/8” arms and did 18 reps. He did
    not run, but added a 36” VL and a 10’7” BJ with no agility drills. Finished with good positional drills. At his
    pro day, he did a 38.5” VL and 6.94 three cone. Maintains sound positioning to play the back quarter with
    the skills to be a starting free safety. Aggressive developing centerfielder who can drop over the slot receiver
    and matchup with tight ends. Needs refinement in his decision making to become a starting centerfielder.
    Rising marginal top 150 prospect with well-rounded skill set to start in time. Major college sleeper and
    excellent late value to become a total surprise. Very good for early package defense and coverage units.
    Hidden gem in this group.

    Draft Projection: 4th-5th Round


    I ended up sending Frank an e-mail after reading that with the subject title "Cowboys!".

    Odd that he loves him as a rangy FS when the rest of the world calls him a box safety but whatevs.
  2. cowboyec

    cowboyec Well-Known Member

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    he's the one I'm not familar with....didnt watch A&M much...very intriguing.
    nice write up....encouraging.
  3. kskboys

    kskboys Well-Known Member

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    Me likey!!!!!!!!!

    My nephew's wife went to A&M, huge Aggie fan, and she swears he can cover.
  4. Floatyworm

    Floatyworm The Labeled One

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    What's funny...I had him rated pretty high in my 2018 mock draft...then he decided to go back to school...then kind of disappeared. I think a lot of people may have thought he declared last year....then went undrafted...and wasn't even eligable. I know I completely forgot about him.:rolleyes:
  5. NorthwestDallas40

    NorthwestDallas40 rpatricc

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    I like this pick. He plays with aggression and violence and gets turnovers. If he can be taught better coverage technique, we could have something.
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  6. QuincyCarterEra

    QuincyCarterEra Well-Known Member

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    More likely a wasted pick than hidden gem

    Anybody have the # of games he was ejected?
    Last edited: May 7, 2019
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  7. Mr_437

    Mr_437 Well-Known Member

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    Interesting Wilson is 10 lbs lighter than what DAL usually drafts or signs at SS...arms are long af tho. Do they redshirt n bulk him up? Or is Richard cool with his frame?
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  8. RS12

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  9. Maxmadden

    Maxmadden Well-Known Member

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    Wow, so you are actually endorsing a Cowboy player for a change?
    I am confused, but I like it.
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  10. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    Essentially. He might make the roster and play special teams his first year, but they are going to want him to put some meat on his bones to be an SS.
  11. reddyuta

    reddyuta Well-Known Member

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    I will be pleasantly surprised if he made the team,looks a lot like like Heath with bad angles and missed tackles.I would play him close to the LOS as possible.
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  12. mcduff

    mcduff Member

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    This kid can play. He will be a very pleasant surprise and better than several taken before him.
  13. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    You just described almost all 6th round picks.
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  14. QuincyCarterEra

    QuincyCarterEra Well-Known Member

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    Yep, but they vary.

    There's ones like Frazier that I had a UDFA grade on, and then there's others like Xavier Woods who I had a late 3rd on.

    Donovan also has an UDFA grade from me
    Last edited: May 11, 2019
  15. Rogerthat12

    Rogerthat12 DWAREZ

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    He has a quick twitch hair bun, he must be good...
  16. KingintheNorth

    KingintheNorth Chris in Arizona

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    The difference between 6th round and UDFA grades are really small, almost insignificant.

    Also, like with beauty, talent is in the eye of the beholder (evaluator). One teams' 4th round grade is another teams's UDFA grade.
  17. QuincyCarterEra

    QuincyCarterEra Well-Known Member

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    Yep. That's why getting a UDFA talent in most people eyes, when 4th round talents in those eyes is hard to swallow.
  18. Hardline

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    The Longhorn in my tends to wish failure on Aggies.
    But he's a Cowboy now.
  19. Melonfeud

    Melonfeud I Copy!,,, er,,,I guess,,,ah,,,maybe. Zone Supporter

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    Student of the game/ decivise attacker?,,,I'm sold:starspin:

    PJTHEDOORS Well-Known Member

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    Why, stats not good enough?

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