GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Quincy Wilson was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the No. 46 overall pick.
He came to Florida as a 3-star safety and left the Gators with first-round cornerback talent.
Recruiting analysts and scouts projected Wilson to play in the back-end of Florida’s secondary, but he solidified himself as a lock-down SEC corner.
Wilson cracked the starting lineup as a true freshman and started 24 of his 39 career games. He earned second-team All-SEC honors as a junior, finishing the 2016 season with 33 tackles, 6 pass breakups, 3 interceptions and a pick-6.
According to Pro Football Focus, Wilson allowed an NFL passer rating of just 29.9 on throws into his coverage.
Here’s a closer look at the former Gator:
1. Quincy Wilson has various draft projections
Most initial mock drafts listed Wilson as a first-round pick when he declared for the NFL in January. Over the last few months, however, there’s been a range of options on where Wilson will land.
ESPN’s Todd McShay and NFL.com’s Chad Reuter both have Wilson going 28th overall to the Dallas Cowboys. Walterfootball.com pegs Wilson as the 43rd pick by the Philadelphia Eagles, while ESPN’s Mel Kiper projects him as a third-round selection for the San Francisco 49ers.
2. Quincy Wilson impressed at NFL Combine
At 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, Wilson surprised NFL coaches and league personnel with his 4.54 time in the 40-yard dash. His 20-yard shuttle was third-best among cornerbacks. Wilson also placed top 10 in the bench press and 3-cone drill.
3. One half of Florida’s dynamic duo
Heading into last season, Wilson wasn’t the Florida cornerback garnering early first-round projections for the 2017 NFL Draft. Jalen “Teez” Tabor, a former 5-star recruit, became one of the most popular college football athletes during the 2016 offseason.
Wilson, however, proved to be just as talented and productive as Tabor. They had nearly identical stats, with Tabor registering the same amount of tackles and pass breakups as Wilson and a fourth interception. Gator Great Keiwan Ratliff called Tabor and Wilson the best cornerback tandem in school history.
4. No stranger to competition
Tabor isn’t the only competition Wilson faced at Florida. He played two years behind Vernon Hargreaves III, a first-round pick in the previous draft. Wilson still managed to start 11 total games when Hargreaves was on the roster.
Wilson also signed on with a 2014 recruiting class that featured four cornerbacks, and he was the lowest-ranked signee. By the end of his college career, Wilson had separated himself from the pack.
“I think Wilson is the best corner in the country,” NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah wrote last November. “Tabor gets all of the hype but Wilson is better in every area.”
5. Wilson’s football genes
Wilson comes from a football family. His father, Chad Wilson, played cornerback for the Miami Hurricanes in 1994 after transferring from Long Beach State. Quincy’s younger brother, Marco Wilson, was a 4-star cornerback in the Class of 2017 and signed the Gators.