Wilson shined versus the Green Bay Packers, playing extremely well in coverage and picking off their quarterbacks on two passes. Despite not being the fastest or best in coverage, he is a big hitter and made fantastic plays on the ball.
A second year pro, Wilson was selected in the 6th round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M University. Known for his hard hitting and high flying play style, he was a known playmaker coming out of college. A three year starter, he finished his college career with 199 tackles, 21.5 for a loss, 5 sacks, 8 interceptions, 7 PBUs, 4 forced fumbles, and one touchdown. It’s safe to say that he has a nose for the football. He played lights out for the Dallas Cowboys in his rookie preseason, but did not see much playing time in the regular season, leading to his release from the team following free agency. Despite this, the New York Jets saw his potential and signed him to a one-year “prove it” deal.
Although it is a small sample size, Wilson has shown great promise as a Jet. He has flashed great ability to defend the run and cover tight ends in man coverage, giving him an easy role to fill in the secondary. He has all but secured a spot on the final 53-man roster, and will be backup to all star Jamal Adams. Donovan Wilson will be a name to look out for in that secondary if there are ever any injuries. He has been very impressive, and the coaching staff has been very happy with his play. Despite his athletic shortcomings, he has been a phenomenal player for the Jets, and will provide great value with his current contract number.