One of the qualities talked about when the Cincinnati Bengals selected Joe Burrow with the first overall pick was his leadership abilities.
Zac Taylor and his staff followed the same path with their third-round selection (65th overall) picking linebacker Logan Wilson out of Wyoming.
Coming out of Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming, Wilson saw recruiting provide offers from Wyoming and Weber State after earning All-State honors as a sophomore, junior and senior.
During his prep career, Wilson played multiple positions including safety. In college the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Wilson grew into a linebacker and after redshirting his freshman year, became a defensive force in the Mountain West Conference earning Freshman of the Year honors and All-Mountain West honors in multiple seasons.
A three-year captain at Wyoming, Wilson has the tools to become an every-down backer as he’s equipped to play both inside or outside using his lateral quickness and speed. He should also be a key performer on special teams.
With his combination of size, quickness, and speed, Wilson has the tools to play inside or outside. This is key for the Bengals if they want to beat the Baltimore Ravens and league MVP Lamar Jackson and other teams in the AFC North. Will have to adjust to the speed of the game in the NFL, Wilson can shoot gaps while keeping his body in control and ready to make plays. A hardhat and lunch pail player who has proven leadership abilities.
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While there were some bigger names on the board at this pick, Wilson is a solid prospect who should be fighting for early playing time during his career. Love the fact he played in the secondary in high school and grew into a backer during his college career. This is something we look for in our evaluation of high school prospects. The fact he was voted a captain three times by his teammates is a credit to his leadership abilities and something the Bengals need as they look to change the direction of the franchise.
Check out Logan Wilson when he was in high school with the following highlights from his senior year.