Positives: Has good size and very impressive athleticism for a man his size. He has great burst off the ball, changes directions well and has good lateral agility. He shows some ability to get off blocks in the trenches and uses his good burst to close on ball carriers and quarterbacks. Can beat his man off the ball with his burst and an initial move like a swim move. Can bull rush his man into the QB when he plays with leverage because of his strength. Seems to have a good motor and pursues plays well and likes to get involved in gang tackles. Doesn’t seem to stop until the whistle blows. Seems to be a solid tackler.
Negatives: Doesn’t have great technique and once he is engaged by a good block he tends to stay blocked, though he will continue to fight to see if they let up because of his good motor. He needs to work on his hand usage so he can stack and shed better in the trenches so he doesn’t have to rely on beating guys off the ball initially to make plays in the backfield. He also needs to improve his pass rush moves because once he is engaged he tends to stay blocked there also and while he can counter back inside improving his hand usage would make him a much more dangerous pass rusher.
Overall: Wilkerson has a lot of potential because of his athletic ability and his strength but he needs coaching up before he will be an impact player in the NFL. He has that ability both as a 3-4 DE and as a 4-3 DT but he needs to improve his hand usage to shed blocks better before he will be a true impact player as a run defender and as a pass rusher. The ceiling is there for him to be a very effective NFL starter, he will just need a year or two of coaching before he starts to reach that potential.
Projection: Late 1st/Mid 2nd. He should go in the top 40 selections, but I think he will be a very late 1st round pick when it is all said and done. He won’t contribute immediately which hurts his value a bit, but his potential is significant enough that I’d be surprised if he made it out of the top 35 selections.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point Of Attack: 3.0
Pass Rush: 3.0
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