Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA #87

6041, 235, 4.68


Notes: From Dallas, TX. His father, Chris Wilson, is defensive line coach with the Philadelphia Eagles, played collegiately at Oklahoma, and was a 12th-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears in 1992. Moved around a lot with his father a football coach during his prep years. Played quarterback and tight end in Starkville, MS (father was defensive coordinator and defensive line coach at Mississippi State), Bogart, GA (father defensive line coach at Georgia) and Gardena, CA (father defensive line coach at USC. Played quarterback and tight end. Originally committed to play football at Old Dominion as a quarterback, but later decided to walk-on at USC, where his father was on the coaching staff. He redshirted as a reserve tight end in 2015. But after his dad was fired by Clay Helton with the Trojans, he joined the UCLA program in 2016, seeing action in all 12 games at tight end and on special teams, finishing with 16 catches for 220 yards. Starter in all 5 games in which he played, catching 38-490-1 and completed 1 pass for 39 yards, before missing the rest of the season due to a foot injury. Started all 12 games, led the team in receptions catching 60-965-4 in 2018.

Positives: Nice target with above-average height, long arms and reliable hands. Very good movement skills, quickness, acceleration and speed. Runs nice routes and creates separation from defenders to get open. Can make more happen after the catch. Shows good leverage and technique as an in-line blocker and seals nicely.

Negatives: Average frame and bulk. Lacks explosiveness and power as a blocker. Isn’t an elite, quick-twitch athlete. Can use technical refinement with pass routes and blocking.

Summary: Can play a significant role in the passing game as a receiver, capable blocker, and should be able to contribute early at the next level.

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