Know your Chiefs draft crush: Garrett Wilson and Calvin Austin III
Breaking down one of the most hyped receivers and one of the best athletes in the 2022 draft
Welcome back to “know your draft crush.” As I do every year, we’re examining a whole position group that the Chiefs appear likely to attack in the draft. This year, I’ve picked wide receivers (with perhaps a side of edge rushers). I’m looking at 13 receivers, gauging various traits and giving an overall impression of what type of resources I’d expend to grab them. In the finale, I’ll put them into tiers and talk about what direction I’d go if I were Brett Veach.
With each prospect I’ll look at speed/acceleration/agility, release ability (ability to get free at the line and how they do it), route running, hands/strength at catch point, and yards after catch ability. Here are the receivers I’m looking at in alphabetical order:
Calvin Austin III, David Bell, Treylon Burks, Jahan Dotson, Drake London, Skyy Moore, Chris Olave, George Pickens, Alec Pierce, Jalen Tolbert, Christian Watson, Jameson Williams, Garrett Wilson.
These were the names brought to me most often from what I can tell, so they’re the ones I chose. If you’re looking for other draft resources, you should check out my friend Ryan Tracy’s Athletic Matrix, the good folk over at KCSN and their draft guide, Dane Brugler’s legendary “Beast,” or the people over at The Draft Network.
We examined Treylon Burks in an article unlocked for everyone. We’ve also looked at Drake London, who I really liked. We got to know Chris Olave and Christian Watson, and then talked about Jameson Williams along with Jahan Dotson. George Pickens intrigued me last week as a player the Chiefs have a legitimate shot at drafting.
Today, we’re talking about Garrett Wilson, a player who is almost universally ranked among the top 3 wide receivers, and Calvin Austin III, one of the most explosive athletes in the draft. We’re in the home stretch now, and Austin in particular is an interesting player when considering the direction the Chiefs have gone previously