Florida’s Quincy Wilson goes to Indianapolis Colts in second round of 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, left, talks with defensive back Quincy Wilson (6) during Florida’s NFL Pro Day in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

QUINCY WILSON
FLORIDA
6-foot-1, 211 pounds, CB

Quincy Wilson was the 14th pick in the second round (No. 46 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

Bio:

Wilson arrived in Gainesville as an Under Armour All-American out of Fort Lauderdale’s University School, but he was often overshadowed in the Gators’ star-studded secondary. He declared for the draft after an All-SEC second-team effort as a junior, during which he recorded 33 tackles, three interceptions and six pass break-ups. His father, Chad Wilson, was an All-Big East defensive back at Miami, and his younger brother, Marco, is a four-star defensive back signed to Florida.

Scouting report:

Wilson boasts the size, physicality and competitiveness of an NFL corner. He uses press coverage to harass receivers and mask some athletic and speed shortcomings. His coverage isn’t always clean, but it’s effective: He allowed an NFL passer rating of only 29.9 on throws against him last season, according to Pro Football Focus. His future might be at safety, where NFL.com wrote “his instincts, ball skills and willingness to tackle will all serve him well.”

NFL Combine results:

40-yard-dash: 4.54 seconds
20-yard shuffle: 4.02 seconds
3-cone-drill: 6.86 seconds
Vertical jump: 32 inches
Standing long jump: 9 feet, 10 inches
225-pound bench press: 14 reps

Quote of note:

“Wilson is a gambler and that’s more than likely to see big plays, both good and bad, on his NFL highlight reel. … He has a chance to be a Day 1 starter in the NFL.” — Pro Football Focus.

 Highlights:

Gators land commitment from 4-star CB Marco Wilson

Marco Wilson, a 4-star cornerback from Fort Lauderdale. (Chris Kirschner/AJC)
Marco Wilson, a 4-star cornerback from Fort Lauderdale. (Chris Kirschner/AJC)

Another Wilson is headed to Florida.

The Gators landed a huge verbal commitment Monday from 4-star cornerback Quincy Wilson from American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He chose UF over Miami, Georgia, Ohio State and Southern Cal.

“I love Florida,” Wilson told SEC Country. “I have a really strong relationship with the coaches. They talk to me almost every day. I love that about them. I see what they’re doing over there.”

The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect is ranked No. 27 nationally at his position, but appears to be much more elite with an offer list of more than 30 schools. His missed his entire junior season due to a torn ACL, which hurt his rankings.

Wilson is the younger brother of Florida junior cornerback Quincy Wilson, a former Under Armour All-American who has played in every game the past two seasons with 11 starts.

UF is up to 13 members in its 2017 class, and nine of them are rated 4-star prospects by at least two recruiting services.

What it means: Cornerback may the biggest priority for the Gators in this cycle, and they now have a pair of 4-star commits (Elijah Blades and Wilson). Florida is expected to land two more cornerbacks this month in Shawn Davis and Brad Stewart, which would certainly fill the needs at the position from both a quality and quantity standpoint.

Unless otherwise indicated, ratings and rankings come from the 247Sports Composite. 

Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

The Keanu Neal plan: Six Gators players who could turn into first-round picks with strong 2016

Who will be this upcoming season’s Keanu Neal?

Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby (30) runs past the East Carolina defense including nose tackle Mike Myers (92), and defensive back Terrell Richardson (22) for a touchdown on a 32-yard pass play during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby (30) runs past the East Carolina defense including nose tackle Mike Myers (92), and defensive back Terrell Richardson (22) for a touchdown on a 32-yard pass play during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Neal benefited from a strong junior season at Florida and NFL combine performance to become a first-round pick in this year’s draft. Is there a current Gators player who could improve his draft stock enough to become a first-round pick in the 2017 draft? Continue reading “The Keanu Neal plan: Six Gators players who could turn into first-round picks with strong 2016”

Power rankings: What Gators position groups are most reliable, least reliable after spring?

We’re past spring practice, but still far away from the start of fall practice.

Florida head coach Jim McElwain watches a play during a spring football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun via AP)
Florida head coach Jim McElwain watches a play during a spring football game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Gainesville, Fla. (Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

So what do we do? Let’s take a step back and take a look at where Florida’s position groups stand after the spring. Continue reading “Power rankings: What Gators position groups are most reliable, least reliable after spring?”

Florida Gators 2016 spring practice preview: Defensive backs

With the start of spring practice inching closer — March 9 — we’ll take a look at the state of each position. We focus on the defensive backs today, and shift to a different position each day leading up to the start of spring practice. Continue reading “Florida Gators 2016 spring practice preview: Defensive backs”

New defensive backs coach Torrian Gray looking to build depth in Gators secondary

GAINESVILLE — At Virginia Tech, Torrian Gray built a reputation as one of the top defensive backs coaches in the country. He coached nine players who were eventually taken in the NFL, including Kam Chancellor and All-Americans Victor Harris and Kyle and Kendall Fuller.

Torrian Gray (Photo by Getty Images)
Torrian Gray (Photo by Getty Images)

But when Florida coach Jim McElwain came calling in search of a new defensive backs coach, it was an opportunity too good to pass up for Gray, who is also from Lakeland. Continue reading “New defensive backs coach Torrian Gray looking to build depth in Gators secondary”