NFL Combine: 5 wide receivers for New Orleans Saints to watch

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Dec 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Geronimo Allison (8) catches a pass against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Louisiana Tech beat Illinois 35-18. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini wide receiver Geronimo Allison (8) catches a pass against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Louisiana Tech beat Illinois 35-18. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /
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De'Runnya Wilson
Oct 10, 2015; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver Dee’Runnya Wilson /

Name: De’Runnya Wilson
School: Mississippi State
Size: 6-foot-5, 215 LBS
Projected Round: 2-3

At an ideal and overwhelming size for the receiver position, Wilson immediately stands out among most of the incoming rookie class.  He was a two-sport athlete at Mississippi State, playing basketball (Mr. Basketball in Alabama in 2013) in addition to football.

The Saints could use an additional red-zone target and Wilson fits the manuscript.  He’s big, tall, strong, explosive, and has soft hands as a reliable catcher.  Thanks to his basketball experience, he has the skills to go up and contest for the jump ball — an ideal trait to possess in the end zone.

Wilson won’t blow you away with top-end speed and shifty movements as a savvy route runner, but he will still use his strength and athleticism to overpower defenders and/or create separation.

If he can work on his routes and blocking, he has the skillset to thrive at the next level.  However, New Orleans tends to pass on players with character issues.  It’s nothing major, but Wilson was arrested almost a year ago on suspicion of marijuana possession, which could cause him to fall down the draft board.  He has grown both on and off the field ever since.  Look for Wilson to impress with his size and athleticism at the NFL combine.

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