Mississippi State wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson has had a few off-field troubles this offseason, but he hopes that his play and sheer size will be enough to make NFL scouts forget about those. Wilson started off that by gaining ten pounds of muscle this summer and this is sure to impress some NFL teams.
According to rotoworld.com, Wilson bulked up a good bit this summer and the six-foot-five receiver is walking around at 235 pounds with just weeks to go before the season starts. His size has been drawing comparisons to NFL receivers like Kelvin Benjamin of the Carolina Panthers.
It isn’t just his size that is going to impress NFL scouts this season though. Wilson is going to be the clear leader at the receiver position for the Bulldogs this season and if they are to have another magical season like 2014, it is going to rest heavily on the play of Wilson.
Wilson, who was arrested on drug charges in May of this year, is going to have step up and be the leader the team needs him to be this year. With the crop of receivers like Amari Cooper, Devante Parker, and Kevin White that went in the draft this year, Wilson is going to have games like he did at the end of the 2014 season to be considered among the best players in the 2016 Draft.
Wilson ended the year with back-to-back 100 yard games. He recorded eight receptions for a season-high 117 yards and a touchdown against rival Ole Miss and then had arguably the best game of his career in the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech, catching a carer-high nine passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
In two seasons, Wilson has 1,031 yards receiving with twelve touchdowns. Those numbers are very impressive and has currently landed him among the top NFL Draft prospects at receiver. Although, Wilson is a junior this year, so the chances of him staying and opting for his senior season are very high.
Right now, his best option would be to forgo his senior year and head straight for the NFL. Wilson could easily be a low first round pick, but his off-field troubles will have to cease to exist and his on-field abilities will have to continue to improve.
Wilson will have the chance to show what he can do in the first game this season when he and the Bulldogs travel down the road to play the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. Last season, Wilson caught four passes for sixty-five yards and touchdowns against the Golden Eagles.
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