Wilson Brings Durability

Joe Gibbs didn't like what he saw of the Redskins' backups, mainly that some of them were banged up too often. Even some of the starters played hurt too often. So he wanted a young kid he knew would be durable.

Enter Mark Wilson, who started 48 games at Cal the past four years. The Redskins drafted the offensive tackle in the fifth round Sunday. He can play either tackle, though it's likely he'd fit more on the right side. He played right tackle his first two years at Cal before switching to the left side.

At 6-foot-6, 314 pounds, Wilson certainly has the size to play either position. Though he struggled with his grades at times at Cal, Wilson did score a 30 on the Wonderlic test, showing he's smart enough to play in the NFL.

He's also athletic: Wilson played basketball in high school. He even was a serious snowboarder, at least until this past year when he didn't want to risk injury.

But the durability mattered most. Considering the Redskins' list of injured linemen -- Dave Fiore(knee), Randy Thomas (shoulder), Chris Samuels (shoulder) and Derrick Dockery (shoulder) -- that could be a nice asset.

''He's a real good prospect,'' Gibbs said. ''He looks like someone who could play guard or tackle. He's very solid, very bright. We wanted someone who could be durable.''


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