Ohio State’s first-round receiver drought is officially over.
Garrett Wilson became Ohio State’s first Round 1 wide receiver since 2007 when he was selected by the New York Jets with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday night.
Welcome home, @GarrettWilson_V.#NFLDraft 4/28-4/30 on NFLN/ABC/ESPN pic.twitter.com/PUyzthTBdY— New York Jets (@nyjets) April 29, 2022
Wilson was the second wide receiver drafted after USC’s Drake London, who went to the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 8 overall pick.
Wilson is Ohio State’s fifth-ever top-10 pick at wide receiver, joining Joey Galloway (No. 8 overall in 1995), Terry Glenn (No. 7 overall in 1996), David Boston (No. 8 overall in 1999) and Ted Ginn (No. 9 overall in 2007).
“I'm happy that the New York Jets took a chance on me,” Wilson said on NFL Network after being drafted. “I’m gonna come in and be myself and bring what I do to the table ... I’m excited to get to the Big Apple, for sure.”
Ready to get to work! #TakeFlight— Garrett Wilson (@GarrettWilson_V) April 29, 2022
The Jets came calling for Wilson after an illustrious career at Ohio State in which he caught 143 passes for 2,213 yards and 23 touchdowns, ranking in the top 10 in all three categories despite playing only three seasons as a Buckeye. He earned first-team All-American honors in his final season at Ohio State in 2021, when he caught 70 passes for 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns (plus four carries for 76 yards and another touchdown) in just 11 games, highlighted by a four-touchdown performance against Purdue.
The highest-rated wide receiver recruit in Ohio State history at the time he signed with the Buckeyes in 2019, Wilson lived up to expectations and then some during his three years in Columbus and is now poised to play a starring role in New York as the first Ohio State wide receiver selected in the first round since Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez in 2007.