When you play college football in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), you don't receive a lot of attention during the season. But if you're Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson, who is one of this year's top cornerback prospects and the 3rd rated cornerback listed on Scout.com's 2010 NFL Draft Rankings, the draft process is the complete opposite and the spotlight follows your every move.
The spotlight has shined bright on Wilson the last few months and the team interest has been significant. Since his Pro Day performance on March 26th - where he ran a 4.43 in the 40 and posted a 38-inch vertical and a 10-foot-2-inch broad jump - Wilson has had a hectic itinerary visiting potential employers.
Over the last few weeks, Wilson visited the San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans. And, with less than two weeks remaining until draft day, Wilson still has four more visits scheduled on his calendar. Scout.com has learned that he will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars on April 11th and 12, New England Patriots on April 12th and 13th, Baltimore Ravens on April 13th and 14th and St. Louis Rams on April 14th and 15th.
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, 194 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.It's been a successful three-month sprint for Wilson. He had a standout week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and even though he didn't go through a complete workout at the Scouting Combine, he participated in the bench press and lifted 225 pounds 25 times. With Florida's Joe Haden being the consensus No. 1 cornerback available in the draft, Wilson has positioned himself as a contender to be the second cornerback to come off the board in the 16 – 25 range.
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