Roman Wilson Dynasty Rookie Profile | Michigan WR Fantasy Football Outlook

Michigan WR Roman Wilson has proven to be a reliable receiving threat -- should dynasty fantasy football managers have him on their radar?

The Michigan Wolverines have had a dominant 2023-2024 College Football season, in large part due to the production of their offense that features several high-profile names.

One of the players that dynasty fantasy football managers will be considering drafting in their leagues this offseason is WR Roman Wilson.

After a productive campaign, should the talented wideout be on your radar from a fantasy perspective?

Should You Draft Roman Wilson in Dynasty Fantasy Football?

Wilson is a consistent and reliable receiver who profiles as a slot-only option at the next level. While he can reel in nearly everything thrown his way, athleticism limitations could hinder his effectiveness in the NFL and push him down the team’s draft boards.

The 2024 NFL Scouting Combine will be a big test for Wilson to prove that he has the necessary burst and twitch to thrive out of the slot. If he can prove that he has the necessary athleticism to command that role for an NFL offense, his understanding of zone coverages and ability to think like a QB will help him soak up targets.

This would put him on the map for dynasty fantasy managers, but we have a lot that needs to play out this offseason for Wilson before we can confidently determine whether or not he should be a priority in your dynasty rookie draft.

For the time being, Wilson should be viewed as a role player or depth piece for an NFL roster, which likely signals that he won’t see substantial playing time right away. He can be viewed as a third or fourth-round rookie pick until we receive further information to help educate us on his projection.

Who is Wilson?

Background

Wilson was a member of the 2020 recruiting class, and he found his way to the University of Michigan from Honolulu, Hawaii. The former No. 3 overall recruit coming out of Hawaii stands at 5’10” and 192 pounds and has proven to be a very valuable member of the Michigan receiving corps during his tenure with the school.

While he failed to make a high-level impact during his first three years with the program, Wilson emerged onto the scene in a big way his senior season and has been a big part of the success that Michigan has encountered.

College Production

Wilson barely saw the field in his first year at Michigan, totaling just 122 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions, but he took a step forward during his sophomore and junior campaigns.

He totaled 796 receiving yards and seven touchdowns over those two seasons and was ready to take on a larger role in his final year with the school.

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In 2023, Wilson reeled in 45 receptions for 735 yards and 12 touchdowns (going into the National Championship Game).

He was a reliable receiving threat for QB J.J. McCarthy the entire year and came up with several big plays in big moments.

Injury History

Wilson left a matchup against the Maryland Terrapins in November of 2023 after a big hit that had him evaluated for a concussion. However, very little else is documented about any injuries for the Wolverine WR throughout his collegiate career.

After his freshman season, Wilson has appeared in 13, 12, and 14 contests over each of the past three years.

Wilson’s Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths

  • Proficient understanding of a defender’s leverage and how to find space within a zone.
  • Reliable receiving ability and able to reel in catches well outside of his frame.
  • Surprising ability in contested catch situations to come down with the football; strong hands.
  • Incredibly proficient when the play breaks down; able to work back to his QB to create a throwing window.

Weaknesses

  • Lacks the acceleration and burst in his lower half to consistently create separation from NFL DBs that will get into his hip pocket.
  • Limited ability in yards after the catch situations to create additional yardage.
  • Lacks the top-end speed to take the top off of defense from the slot; will primarily be used in an underneath role at the next level.
  • Projects to only play in the slot in the NFL due to his size and skill set.
  • With his size and frame limitations, he often struggles to fight through contact within the route and can easily get knocked off course.

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