School: Boise State
Projected 40-Time: 4.44
Star Rating: Grade: 93
Draft Projection: 1st - 2nd Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Wilson is a solid all around defender who plays with plenty of flash and finesse. He has an athletic built, compact frame and the agility and vertical leap to contend with any size receiver. He has a smooth backpedal, tremendous awareness and a closing burst that allow him to make a play on the ball. He displays great footwork, fluidity in his hips and the ball skills to turn defense into offense instantly. He’s willing to do the dirty work and will step up in run defense. He’s an experienced return specialist who has great vision and freelance ability that make him a threat to take it to the house every time the ball is in his hands. He’s a very competitive individual who developed into an outstanding leader. He plays the game with confidence and swagger.
Weaknesses: He doesn’t have prototypical size, and while he has the athleticism to match up with most receivers, he gets muscled up by bigger, stronger receivers. He has to be physical at the line of scrimmage and jam the receiver more consistently. He has to position himself better against the run and improve his tackling technique. He didn’t defend against top competition in the WAC.Steuber Says: A four-year starter at Boise State, Wilson was a durable, productive defender for the Broncos and excelled on defense and special teams. At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, Wilson mixes a self assured swagger and flashy play to make up the big time playmaker he’s displayed. Wilson was very consistent during his collegiate career, but he really emerged after the 2007 season. During the ’07 season, he was suspended for three games for violating team rules, and after that incident, sources say that he rededicated himself to the game, and it showed. He had his best season statistically in 2008, recording 35 tackles and five interceptions. And this past year, he had 43 tackles and grabbed three interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns. Outside of Florida’s Joe Haden, the 2010 cornerback class lacks a consensus No. 2 prospect that’s a certain first round selection. Wilson has positioned himself as a guy who could become the next corner off the board, and if he continues to shine this offseason, there’s a chance he could be selected in the 16 – 25 range. There’s also a chance he will fall into the second round. But, the teams that will likely have an interest in a corner like Wilson in the first round are the San Francisco 49ers (No. 16), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 18), Atlanta Falcons (No. 19), Green Bay Packers (No. 23) and Baltimore Ravens (No. 25). The Minnesota Vikings (No. 30) are also a late first round possibility.
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