Positives: Big and powerful. Well-built and well-proportioned with a frame to pack on more weight. Very long arms and big hands. Good quickness, movement skills, and agility for a big man. Bends and generally plays on his feet. Flexible hips to work the edges efficiently. Shoots his hands and is able to control blockers. Hands and feet work well in unison and is able to create separation, disengage and propel himself past blockers. Good closing burst to the quarterback. Strong tackler. Fine two-gap ability. Played defensive end and defensive tackle. Has upside. Negatives: Could stand to increase functional strength. Needs to sink his weight and play with more consistent leverage — lets his pads rise and gets pushed around more than he should. Game does not come natural for him. Raw instincts and recognition skills. Mean streak and relentlessness leave something to be desired. Average creativity as a rusher. Can use his hands more violently. Faced mid-major competition and did not have to crank it up consistently. Summary: Unpolished collegiate defensive tackle with an intriguing physical skill set that will be coveted by 3-4 teams in need of a five-technique, as he possesses a combination of starter-caliber size, length, athletic ability and body control rivaled by few big men in the draft. Can be effective attacking gaps or playing with square shoulders and has room to grow as a player once his instincts and awareness catch up with his raw talents. NFL projection: Top-50 pick.
Positives: "Terrific junior defensive line prospect with a great amount of upside. Flashes athleticism, moves well about the field, and shows ability in pursuit. Possesses a burst of speed, quickly changes direction, and easily gets out to the sidelines, making plays in space. Stays within his angle of attack, tough to move off the point, and can be an overwhelming force who bulrushes blockers off the line of scrimmage. Possesses good size as well as growth potential."
Negatives: Must develop more moves with his hands. Lacks the great bulk to this point to be an interior tackle.
Analysis: "Wilkerson has shown tremendous improvement in his game the past two seasons and comes with a great amount of potential. He has the ability to be used at several spots on the line of scrimmage and can line up as a three-technique tackle or two-gap end. He should only get better as he physically matures and improves the details of his game, eventually developing into a productive starter at the next level."
I'm just thrilled that we drafted into the strength of this draft which was D-Lineman. It's tough drafting at 30 and it's fantastic that the deep D-Line class perfectly aligned with our needs.
There is no way I see a talent like Wilkerson lasting until 30 in any other draft. He is the perfect blend of size and speed.
6'4", 315 ripped lbs, and 4.96 in the 40 - that is an incredible size/speed ratio, plus he had great production on the field, not just numbers.
There is a steep jump up in competition level coming from Temple but that this kid is clay and Rex is the sculptor. The potential is there for the molding but it's going to take a couple years, we have to be patient.