With the final pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, UCLA football tight end Caleb Wilson has been selected by the Arizona Cardinals.
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Wilson was the 254th overall pick (40th in the 7th round) making him the final pick in the draft and the only Bruin to be selected this year.
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Wilson has gone through quite the journey to get to this point. Coming out of high school, Wilson was looking to be a quarterback and enrolled at USC, albeit as a preferred walk-on. His father, Chris Wilson, was defensive line coach with the Trojans, making USC a good fit for the younger Wilson to play ball. During that time, he switched positions to tight end, but he would soon be making another change.
The senior Wilson was relieved of his duties with USC in December of 2015 which prompted Caleb to transfer. He did not have to go far to find his new home as he enrolled at UCLA and eventually became one of the best tight ends in the country.
Wilson had a breakout season in 2017 where he was named the nation’s top TE in the country. The funny thing is that he only played in five games as he sustained a foot injury which sidelined him for the second half of the season.
He bounced back in a big way last season as he was the go-to receiver in Chip Kelly‘s first year in Westwood. He recorded 965 yards (which was the most receiving yards in the nation among all tight ends), averaging 87.7 yards per game.