A Closer Look at Rookie WR Cedrick Wilson

by | May 17, 2018 | Articles, Life & Style, The League, The Team

The Cowboys selected wide receiver Cedrick Wilson of Boise State in the 6th round (#208 overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Here are “5 Things to Know” about the quarterback-turned-receiver.

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01.

He’s a Triple-threat on the Football Field

Wilson has a chance to get on the field for the Cowboys not only as a backup wide receiver, but also as a contributor on special teams. In addition to starring at wide receiver at Boise State, he also returned punts and kickoffs. He even threw a touchdown pass!

02.

Cedrick Jr. was an All-State Quarterback in High School But Played Receiver in College

Even though Wilson earned All-State honors in his home state of Tennessee as a high school quarterback and took his team to the semifinals his senior year, he received no Division 1 college football scholarship offers. But a junior college in Kansas offered him a chance to play football as a wide receiver. Wilson won Junior College All-American honors for Coffeyville Community College.

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His success in at the JUCO level led to a scholarship offer from Boise State where he was teammates with Cowboys’ first-round draft pick Leighton Vander Esch.

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03.

He Picked Up an Interesting Hobby Which Helps Him as a Receiver

When Wilson was at Coffeyville Community College, he saw a video in which Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green juggled as a way to help with hand-eye coordination and catching technique. Wilson figured if it was good for Green, it would be good for him, too.

So, Wilson started juggling billiard balls. He also juggles tennis balls and footballs.

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04.

He Hopes to Follow in His Father’s Footsteps as a Super Bowl Champion

If the name Cedrick Wilson sounds familiar to football fans, it’s because his father, Cedrick Sr., was a wide receiver for seven seasons in the NFL (2001-07) for the San Francisco 49ers (2001-04) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2005-07). Cedrick Sr. earned a Super Bowl ring in the Steelers win in Super Bowl XL over the Seahawks.

05.

Wilson Has a Big Frame and Attacks the Ball

Wilson has good height for a receiver (6-2) and averaged 19 yards per catch in college even though he doesn’t have blazing speed. His reputation in college was that he could make big plays. He topped 200 receiving yards in two games last season at Boise State and totaled a school single-season record for receiving yards (1,511) last year. But he is one of two rookies drafted this year along with Michael Gallup. And those two will be working for practice reps on a WR depth chart that also added Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson, and Tavon Austin this year.

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Young players like Lance Lenoir, Noah Brown and KD Cannon are competing, too. And, of course, Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams return in 2018. So even without Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, there are a lot of receivers competing in a passing game that has undergone a complete makeover this offseason. Special teams will be a way for Wilson to stand out from the rest of a crowded field.