In round three, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Georgia Wide Receiver, Chris Conley. One day later, they took his Bulldogs teammate Linebacker, Ramik Wilson. He’s a hard nosed inside linebacker who started three seasons at the SEC football powerhouse.
He comes to the Chiefs with a tremendous opportunity to compete for a starting spot at inside linebacker. In the midst of a contract year, Derrick Johnson is coming off an injury so the addition of Wilson makes a lot of sense for KC.
Wilson has above average speed to play inside linebacker at the NFL level. Though in my view he needs some bulk, Wilson can move side to side or attack the line of scrimmage with the same intensity.
As the Chiefs upgrade the defensive side of the ball on free agency and the draft, Defensive Coordinator, Bob Sutton must get more out of his inside linebackers this season.
Josh Muaga, who signed a contract extension in March, has the inside track to start next to Dj. However, in my view he’s a solid back-up player at this stage of his career.
Some experts view Wilson as a project but I’m convinced he can develop his NFL game at a faster pace. Kansas City knew they’d have to find someone that could play right away and so the Wilson pick fits well for the Chiefs.
Granted Wilson has some deficiencies in his game, including using his high set of athletic skills on every defensive snap, that he must be overcome at the NFL level.
However, as a fourth round value pick, Wilson could pay huge dividends for Kansas City now and in the future. For Wilson the opportunity ahead in Kansas City, barring the addition of another veteran at the position, the young defender will get chance to show off his talents in training camp this summer.
To that point though, I suspect the Chiefs might make a run at Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker, Mychal Kendricks or Free Agent Linebacker, Brandon Spikes. Though I like Wilson this team still needs another veteran presence at the linebacker position.
Either way the Chiefs made a solid choice with Wilson, and if nothing more, he adds much needed depth at a position of weakness.
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