Florida State wide receiver Johnny Wilson hasn’t played a game since Oct. 21 against the Duke Blue Devils. Will he play against the Seminoles’ chief rival, the Miami Hurricanes? Here’s the latest on the Seminoles 2024 NFL Draft prospect’s status.
Will Johnny Wilson Play Against Miami?
Florida State is notoriously tight-lipped about injuries, and Wilson’s ailment has been no exception. Although he’s missed two games and weeks of practice, his injury remains undisclosed.
However, the 6’7″ wide receiver returned to practice for the Seminoles on Tuesday, which provides hope that he’ll be available for the rivalry matchup against Miami, who is currently unranked but far from the pushovers that Wake Forest and Pittsburgh were for FSU.
For a team with national championship aspirations, getting Wilson back along with Keon Coleman would be a huge boost for Jordan Travis and the passing attack. Wilson was by far the team’s leading receiver a season ago, and Coleman has emerged as a no-doubt Day 1 selection after transferring from Michigan State.
FSU head coach Mike Norvell seemed optimistic about the status of his WR corps during the week.
“I do see us being in a much better spot,” Norvell said. “… What that means, we’ll see. As we go through the week, we’ll get a great perspective on where guys are.”
According to a university spokesperson, Wilson has progressed enough to suit up against Miami on Saturday.
Wilson Is a Unique Draft Projection
In a loaded 2024 NFL Draft class, it’s hard to find a way to stack the wide receivers. Wilson is one of the most unique receivers we’ve seen, and it’s impossible to know exactly how Wilson will be received by NFL organizations.
Wilson will likely be utilized as a “big slot” at the next level. At 6’7″, 237 pounds, with reported 36″ arms, nobody in the league can match his length. On the back end, there is nobody even close.
Although Wilson has a knack for making the spectacular look routine, he also has a propensity to make the routine look impossible. His inconsistent hands throw a wrench in his evaluation, but as a weapon operating over the middle of the field, Wilson could be devastating as a seam threat.
And using him as a slot weapon makes a ton of sense because of his blocking ability. Wilson is an elite blocker, and that ability could make him a weapon in the run game, giving offenses an 11.5-personnel feel because he is the size of a tight end.
Wilson might be one of the more divisive talents in the class, but his size and skill set are incredibly enticing for modern NFL offenses.
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