Is a surprisingly strong, wrap-up tackler in pursuit who generates a good jolt from his lower half, really exploding through the hips and will finish with his legs. But, he will overrun plays at times and doesn’t consistently break down as well in space. Lacks ideal power when asked to take on blocks inside and looks content to simply throw his shoulder into blocks, rarely extending his arms and disengaging initially on contact.
Demonstrates loose hips and natural change-of-direction skills in coverage. Does a nice job keeping his feet under and base down and can really generate a burst when asked to click and close underneath. Looks comfortable in man and demonstrates the fluidity to turn and run down the field with tight ends. However, too often he gets caught trying to sit on routes and will lose track of his responsibility down the field. Is a lot more instinctive in zone, keeping his head on a swivel and can quickly diagnose plays and close on the football.
Impression: A gifted athlete for the position with natural range and body control in both the pass and run game. But he is scheme-limited at the next level and will be considered a nickel backer by most NFL teams. However, he could start for a team like the Colts that value athleticism over size. "
Run Defense: Lacks the size of a typical thumper, but bends his knees and gets leverage to stop running backs. Side-steps fullback blocks to get a hand on backs coming through the hole. Uses his quickness to track down ballcarriers sideline-to-sideline. Takes proper angles to the ball, rarely overrunning plays. Excels feeling blocks from oncoming linemen and can sidestep or use his shoulder to get under their pads. Able to disengage from blocks to make plays and make tackles with a lineman still engaged. Lacks great physicality, getting washed out too often and losing leverage battles against NFL-caliber linemen. Must use his hands to hold off the block or more quickly disengage.
Pass Defense: Looks like a strong safety and plays like one in coverage. Assignment-sure, picks up his man out of the backfield without fail. Has the speed and secure tackling ability to catch them from behind to minimize gains. Is also fast enough to trail receivers over the middle and wrap up their legs before they get too far upfield. Able to cover the middle third of the field, quickly gaining 15-25 of depth in his drop even after play-action fake. Excellent awareness of routes in zone coverage, many times in the hip pocket of receivers when the ball arrives. Follows the quarterback's eyes to take away late options on scrambles to force throws out of bounds. Can step in front of passes or take advantage of tipped balls and quarterback-receiver miscommunications to make interceptions.
Tackling: Productive tackler, makes plays inside and outside with excellent change-of-direction ability. Covers a lot of ground in space and hustles to be the second or third man to the ball to prevent big plays. Capable of wrapping up, exploding into ballcarriers, and make shoestring and arm tackles. Doesn't miss tackles because of his length and aggressiveness. Best running toward the play instead of fighting through traffic.
Pass Rush/Blitz: Relies on speed and length to chase down quarterbacks from behind on bootlegs and scrambles, rather than being brought off the edge as a blitzer. Capable of beating tackles off the edge with violent hands and is flexible enough to turn the corner. Good quickness to explode through holes on inside rushes, has the strength and change-of-direction ability to track down mobile quarterbacks.
Intangibles: Quiet blue collar athlete who supports his teammates on and off the field. No known character concerns. Needs to become a more vocal leader as a senior."
Positive: Active and athletic linebacker who is best in pursuit. Very quick in all aspects of the game, immediately alters his angle of attack, and fast flowing to the action. Displays speed in every direction of the field, outstanding in pursuit, and shuts the corners off from running backs or catches them in from the back side. Covers a lot of area on the field and shows great first-step quickness to the action. Breaks down well and plays with good knee bend. Solid instincts with a good head for the ball in run defense.
Negative: Undersized and easily blocked from the action or gets caught up in the trash. Just average skills against the pass.
Analysis: Wilson has weak side linebacker size and may even get consideration at strong safety from a number of teams. He'll be best in a situation that protects him from blockers and allows him to freely flow to the action."
Negatives: Could stand to add 10-15 pounds without losing too much speed or quickness, is slightly thinner than ideal size... Has not been used as much of a pass rusher, has the ability to shoot gaps well, but does not have much experience in that area... Can sometimes take bad pursuit angles when away from the play... Can play out of control at times, which leaves him susceptible misdirection plays and tackling problems in space... Is not a heavy hitter and may have difficulty driving back bigger players at the next level... Tends to rely on quickness to evade blockers but sometimes uses poor hand technique when getting blocked in close quarters."
Weaknesses: Slightly over-aged. Tweener (SS-OLB) who is too small for full-time duty as LB in the NFL. Not a classic heads-up, drive tackler. More of a grab and pull-down guy. Will have a hard time tackling big backs in the NFL. Has been personally fortunate with the injuries to teammates (like Lloyd and Lutrus) that have allowed him more show time.
Projection: 4-5th rounder."
In 2009, Wilson went back to being a big-time tackler. He ended his junior season with 140 tackles, 11.0 tackles-for-loss and 5.0 sacks. The 2010 campaign has pretty much gone the same. Through ten games Wilson is leading the Huskies with 103 tackles and has added 9.0 tackles-for-loss and 3.0 sacks.
Wilson has not been making too many big plays this season and has not recorded an interception in the last two seasons. He has forced some fumbles, but the lack of big play ability has turned the 6-1, 226 pound linebacker into a one-dimensional player. Certainly he is a superb tackler who can get into the backfield and make plays, but he needs to prove that he can drop back and be more effective in pass coverage if he wants to be more than a third or fourth round selection."
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