Joel Wilson declares for 2023 NFL Draft

Junior tight end Joel Wilson goes up for a catch over defender Loren Strickland during their game against Ball State on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Kelly Shorts Stadium.

After leading Central Michigan football with six touchdown catches, junior tight end Joel Wilson has entered his name into the 2023 NFL Draft. 

Wilson made the announcement on Wednesday via Instagram. 

Due to a season ending injury against Northern Illinois, Wilson played in nine games during the 2022 season. In that time, he recorded career-highs in receptions (44) and receiving yards (445).

In 2018, the Petoskey native came to CMU and transitioned from quarterback to tight end, recording one catch in four games. 

Wilson saw time in three games during 2019 and his first start in the New Mexico Bowl against San Diego St.

Although Wilson improved his numbers in 2020, he didn't breakout until the 2021 season. After becoming the full-time starter, he finished with 31 catches for 367 yards and six touchdowns.