The 6-foot-7, 350-pound Wilson was selected with the 29th overall pick by the Tennessee Titans, who reached the AFC Championship game last season before losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
“When they were on the clock, something in my heart just kind of told me that it was time,” Wilson recalled in a video posted by the Titans. “I felt the tears already coming in and when I got that phone call, I was just speechless. I was overcome with emotions for sure.”
Wilson redshirted his first year of college in 2017 before immediately being an impactful starter for one of college football’s premier programs in the most elite conference. Wilson was a Second-Team All-SEC selection in 2019 before leaving college early for the NFL.
The expectation is that Wilson will become the Titans’ starting right tackle in the near future. That will obviously require a quick learning curve, which Wilson is ready for.
“I just want to do everything I can, do right by the team off the field and on the field, and improve on technique,” he said. “Pad level, hand usage, just becoming more consistent and more polished. There’s a lot of veteran guys on the O-line that I could learn a ton from.”
Wilson was also involved in a viral moment during the draft. Upon hearing his name called, he was crying tears of joy when his girlfriend embraced him on camera, only to be pulled off camera by Wilson’s mother.