Cedrick Wilson highlights from 2017 Boise State football season
Coming off one of the best seasons in Boise State football history, wide receiver Cedrick Wilson likely will be the Broncos' first player drafted at the position since the year both guys whose records he chased were taken.
Austin Pettis and Titus Young were selected in the 2011 draft, and no Bronco receiver has gone since. Wilson, who set a school record with 1,511 yards receiving last season, is projected to be a mid-round pick.
Though his numbers and size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds) would seem to warrant a higher pick, that's no concern to Wilson.
"I wouldn't say it's very stressful, because I think a lot of jobs are a lot more stressful than playing football," Wilson said earlier this month at pro day. "Our biggest thing is trying to be yourself, and I think that's where most people get stressed out, trying to be someone they're not."
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Wilson ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash, certainly not blazing, but not bad. He said his lack of top-end speed may be a reason he likely won't go until Saturday's final four rounds, but he also is still fine-tuning his receiver skills after playing quarterback until he went to junior college.
"I'm not going to be one of the fastest receivers you're going to get ... but I'm going to catch the ball when you throw it to me," Wilson said.
Not only is Wilson seen as a player who can make catches at each level, he said teams like him on special teams, too. His father, Cedrick Sr., was a sixth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2001. A few seven-round mock drafts have Cedrick Jr. going anywhere from the fourth (Bleacher Report) to the sixth (NFL.com) to the seventh round (CBSSports.com).
With Leighton Vander Esch being taken 19th overall, whenever Wilson is drafted, it will give Boise State multiple drafts picks in six of the last eight drafts.
OTHERS LIKELY FREE AGENTS: The NFL Draft always holds a few surprises, but Wilson is likely the only other Bronco to be taken. Tight ends Jake Roh and Alec Dhaenens could get free agent deals Saturday, along with quarterback Montell Cozart.
Cozart said he would be open to switching positions, but said most teams have wanted him at quarterback. The ones most interested so far, he said, are the Cardinals, Chiefs, Raiders, Seahawks and Eagles.
"It’s definitely up there in my experiences, knowing your dreams are possibly coming true. I've just been looking forward to this weekend for a while now," Cozart said.