Only Alternative DT to Liuget in the First?
Wilkerson has the size 6' 4" and 315lbs to play inside at he 3t although he's most often projected as a 5t DE. Both Wilkerson and Liuget are juniors declaring early and coming off of seasons where they dominated the competition.
Much like Ijalana, Wilkerson's small sckool background may push him back as a first round pick. If Carimi and/or Liuget are gone is this guy worth the #29 pick for the Bears?
April 9, 2011
Versatile Wilkerson a prototype NFL defensive lineman
By: Larry Mayer | Last Updated: 4/9/2011 12:05 PM
ChicagoBears.com is profiling the top 30 prospects in the NFL Draft, according to NFL Network expert Mike Mayock. No. 18 is Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson.
Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson runs a drill at the NFL Combine.
Temple’s Muhammad Wilkerson is a versatile and talented prospect who appears to be capable of playing both defensive tackle and defensive end at the next level.
The 6-4, 315-pounder bypassed his senior season to enter the NFL Draft after establishing career highs with 70 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss and 9½ sacks last year as a junior.
“He can play the 5-technique, and he can get kicked inside,” wrote NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. “He reminds of [New York Jets defensive lineman] Trevor Pryce.”
According to his profile on NFL.com, Wilkerson possesses “ideal size, excellent shedding ability and the athleticism to pursue from the backside and rush the passer.” He “jolts offensive linemen at the point of attack, can beat the double team, finds the football and makes plays against the run.”
The summary also states that Wilkerson “does not have rare first-step quickness but can take a direct line through blockers to pressure the quarterback and has range against the run. Despite size, is a three-down guy who plays with a high effort level for four quarters.”
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. predicts that Wilkerson will be selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the draft.
“I really thought Wilkerson could be a top-10 pick if he stuck around Temple for another year, but he was dominant enough in 2010 that he may have felt there was little left to prove,” Kiper writes. “He can anchor, but Wilkerson is a guy who loves to pursue, and can cause problems for quarterbacks as a penetrator.”
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