With the 55th pick in the second round, the Seattle Seahawks select Maryland CB Josh Wilson (5'9", 188 pounds). For the second straight season, Tim Ruskell drafts a mighty-mite cornerback with his first pick (Kelly Jennings in 2006). Wilson has great speed, kick-return ability, and could begin his rookie campaign in the nickel.
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.NET Draft Review
Ryan Rigmaiden: A bit of a surprise pick with Wilson. I thought there would be much better value with some of the defensive ends on the board. Florida's Ray McDonald, Texas' Tim Crowder or Georgia's Charles Johnson would've been better options at this point, in my opinion.
Wilson's size (5'9") is a bit of a concern, but he has the talent to push for a nickel spot right away. His added value as a return man is a definite bonus, but his value on defense is uncertain at this point. I believe the injury problems the 'Hawks dealt with late in the year last season led to this pick. By no means did the team want to go through that again, hence the selection of Wilson.
Scout.com Player Profile: A feisty cornerback with top athleticism and a good degree of intelligence, Wilson offers terrific upside. May start his NFL career as a kick returner, yet has the abilities to develop into a starting cornerback.
Biography: Full-time starter the past two years, receiving both All-Conference and All-Academic honors since his junior campaign. Senior totals were 55/1/12, with a 27.3-yard average on 31 kick returns, bringing one back 100 yards for a touchdown. Junior numbers were 73/1/8.
Pos: Fast cornerback who also impacts the game returning kicks. Displays speed in every direction, possesses a nice move to the throw and positions himself to defend the pass. Plays heads-up football, reads receiver’s eyes and locates the ball in the air. Runs step-for-step with opponents anywhere on the field and shows the ability to recover from mistakes. Has opposing quarterbacks throwing away from him.
Neg: Misjudges his pass defenses on occasion. Undersized and loses out in battles. Very quick out of his backpedal.
By the Numbers (courtesy of NFLDraftScout.com)
Campus: 4.28 in the 40-yard dash … 350-pound bench press … 495-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 36½-inch vertical jump … 28 7/8-inch arm length … 8 7/8-inch arm length … Right-handed.
Combine: 4.42 in the 40-yard dash … 1.56 10-yard dash … 2.58 20-yard dash … 4.43 20-yard shuttle … 11.64 60-yard shuttle … 7.07 three-cone drill … 26½-inch vertical jump … 10-foot broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times.