Payton Wilson
Payton Wilson  LB  North Carolina State | NFL Draft 2024 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Payton Wilson
Height
6-4
Weight
233
College
North Carolina State
Position
LB
Class
Senior
Home town
Hillsborough, NC
85.8/100
Player Rating
5
PositionRank (LB)
4.43
FortyYD Time
Sacks
6
Fumbles Forced
1
Tackles
138
Sol tackles
69

Payton Wilson LB North Carolina State | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Payton Wilson LB North Carolina State
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

PLAY STYLE: MULI-ROLE LB
Last Updated: 02/28/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.43 seconds (98%*)
Age: 23.10 DOB: 04/21/2000
Bowl Invite: Senior Bowl
Measurables:
Height: 6-4 (89%*) Weight: 233 (23%*)
Hands: 9 (21%*) Arm: 30 1/2 (17%*) Span: 76 1/8 (81%*)
Forty: 4.43 (C) (98%*) Ten Yard: 1.54 (C) (91%*)
Vertical: 34.5 (C) (55%*) Broad: 119 (C) (62%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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PLAY STYLE: MULI-ROLE LB
Last Updated: 02/28/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 4.43 seconds (98%*)
Age: 23.10 DOB: 04/21/2000
Bowl Invite: Senior Bowl
Measurables:
0% 100%
Height: 6-4 (89%*) Weight: 233 (23%*)
Hands: 9 (21%*) Arm: 30 1/2 (17%*)
Span: 76 1/8 (81%*)
Forty: 4.43 (C) (98%*) Shuttle: DNP
10 Yard: 1.54 (C) (91%*)
Vertical: 34.5 (C) (55%*) Broad: 119 (C) (62%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
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Overall Rating: 85.8 / 100
Average rating of opposition Offense player has faced
Offense Rating:
79%
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Tackling:
91%
Pass Rush:
75%
Run Defense:
83%
Coverage:
89%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 2nd - Late
Overall Rank: #53 Position rank: #5
College Games: 45 College Snaps: 2383
Grade: 4 ESPN  Stars 4 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 84/100
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #55 Pos Rank: #3 State Rank: #3
College Combine Results
Grade: 247 Sports 4  Stars 247 Sports 97 Stars 247 RATING: 97/100
Ovr Rank: #79 Pos Rank: #4
Grade: 4 Stars 4 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.9 (97%)
Player Comparison* (Similarity level)
Jamin Davis - Kentucky
91%
Jack Campbell - Iowa
76%
Channing Tindall - Georgia
72%
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. After high school, Wilson joined North Carolina State after being heavily recruited.

In 2019 as a freshman Wilson saw action in 11 games and played a total of 366 snaps at linebacker for the Wolfpack. He recorded 49 tackles, 13 assists, while adding 30 stops. In coverage Wilson notched up 3 pass breakups, one interception, and an outstanding 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 in 689 snaps for the Wolfpack. He recorded decent 74 tackles, 25 assists, while adding 45 stops. In coverage Wilson made one pass breakup, 2 interceptions, and 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 just 2 games and contributed on 51 snaps. He recorded only 2 tackles, one assist while making 3 stops. In coverage Wilson chalked up no pass breakups, no interceptions, and QB rating when targetted of 86.1.

In 2022 as a senior Wilson logged playing time in 10 games and logged a total of 561 snaps for the Wolfpack. He also added 42 tackles, 16 assists, and 27 stops. While in coverage Wilson made 3 pass breakups, one interception, and QB rating when targetted of 108.1. As a pass rusher, he tallied 25 total pressures, which included 19 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and 3 sacks on the season.

In 2023 as a fifth year senior Wilson logged playing time in 12 games and logged a total of 716 snaps for the Wolfpack. He also added decent 92 tackles, 31 assists, and 67 stops. While in coverage Wilson made 3 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and an outstanding QB rating when targetted of 47.2. As a pass rusher, he tallied 22 total pressures, which included 9 QB hurries, 7 QB hits, and 6 sacks on the season.
Honors & awards
  • 2023 Chuck Bednarik Award
  • 2023 Dick Butkus Award
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Wilson has enough speed to chase and run in pursuit. He has the overall athleticism to hold up in space when dropping into coverage.
  • He can move laterally and chase in pursuit. A tough, violent tackler with a non-stop motor, Wilson also shows good awareness when dropping into coverage.
  • Made Bruce Feldman's Freak's List - ranked #48. He wrote " The 6-4, 230-pound former North Carolina state champion high school wrestler has vertical-jumped 36 inches, and coaches say he will “easily” run the 40 in the 4.49 to 4.54 range."
  • Keeps feet moving after initial contact. Jumps inside as a counter to typical rush, but needs to show a larger variety of moves.
  • Shows a burst to close. Flashes explosive hitting ability and good lateral and downfield pursuit.
  • Wilson takes proper angles and shows impressive closing speed. He’s also outstanding in space and is one of the best coverage guys in this class.
  • He’s a natural in coverage, with the movement skills of a defensive back in man coverage against tight ends.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Has lean limbs and needs to get stronger and add bulk to his frame.
  • Lacks pop and strength to anchor, though. Most effective when uncovered inside and chasing stretch plays to the sideline.
  • As a pass rusher, Wilson needs the scheme to create deception and confusion to give him a free run.

Payton Wilson percentiles vs other Linebacker's (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

How other scouting services rate Payton Wilson (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
56.7
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
7.0
*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.