Payton Wilson
Payton Wilson  LB  NC State | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Payton Wilson
NC State
Home town
Hillsborough, NC
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Payton Wilson LB NC State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Payton Wilson LB NC State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

40 time: 4.70 seconds
Height: 6-4 Weight: 235
Date of Birth: 04/21/2000 Age: 22.2
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Overall Rating: 78.4 / 100
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DRAFT GRADE: 7th Position rank: #26
College Games: 23 College Snaps: 1106
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (84/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #55 Pos Rank: #3 State Rank: #3
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (96.13/100 )
Ovr Rank: #79 Pos Rank: #4
Draft Profile: Bio
Payton Wilson from Orange High School was rated a 4 star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4 star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Wilson opted to join NC State.

In 2019 as a freshman Wilson saw action in 11 games and played on a total of 366 snaps for the Wolfpack. He recorded 49 tackles, 13 assists, while adding 30 stops. In coverage Wilson notched up 3 pass break ups, one interception, and a QB rating when targetted of 48.7. As a pass rusher, he added 7 total pressures, which included 6 QB hurries, no QB hits, and one sack on the season.

As a sophomore for the Wolfpack in 2020 Wilson played in 10 games and took part on 689 snaps for the Wolfpack. He recorded 74 tackles, 25 assists, while adding 45 stops. In coverage Wilson made one pass break up, 2 interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 62.0. As a pass rusher, he chalked up 20 total pressures, and 12 QB hurries, 4 QB hits, and 4 sacks during the year.

In 2021 as a junior Wilson played in 2 games and contributed on 51 snaps. He recorded 2 tackles, one assist, while making 3 stops. In coverage Wilson chalked up no pass break ups, no interceptions, and a QB rating when targetted of 86.1.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Has the combination of size and athleticism worthy of development.
  • Work in progress as a pass rusher, with upfield burst and flexibility to dip and scrape.
  • Shows toughness to get under the pads of tackles to bull them, club them upfield to get the inside lane, or fight through blocks for secondary rush when the passer steps up.
  • Quick to read run, showing good agility and speed to get past blockers and finish. Experienced in coverage and gets a strong jam on outside receivers.
  • Has very good playing speed and is fast in pursuit, chasing down the action with a closing burst. Coordinated and looks natural in space.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • His lateral agility and burst often put him in position to make big plays, but he takes questionable routes to the ball and struggles to avoid blockers when in pursuit.
  • Has lean limbs and needs to get stronger and add bulk to his frame.
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