2010 NFL Draft Player Profile: Kyle Wilson
Kyle Wilson (Boise State)
Height : 5’10″ Weight : 190 lbs. 40 Time : 4.42
The WAC star has question marks concerning his ability to transition to the NFL next year, but the former Bronco has been noted as the most underrated corner in this year’s class. He has shown true progression at Boise State, showing a new position skill each year.
In 2006, Wilson emerged as an athletic defender, snaring an interception and breaking up five passes. He also showed his physicality early in Boise State’s historic win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, recording ten tackles to lead the defense.
Since that prolific first year, Wilson has done nothing but improve his play and raise his draft stock. He ended his college career with an equally dominant performance in the Fiesta Bowl against TCU, recording a sack and a forced fumble.
He also answered any questions about his willingness to make the tackle in ’09, when he recorded a career-high 43 tackles. At his size, Wilson’s physicality will be the first quality question by scouts, but he has plenty of time to prove his toughness at the combine and the pro day at Boise State.
Wilson has the closing burst of speed to cut off any route by any receiver. His straight-line speed is deadly on the sidelines and he uses it to read the quarterback and cut off the inside route.
Aside from his abilities as a corner, Wilson is a return specialist. His natural athleticism allows him to escape tackles and he turns on a second gear in open field that leaves even the fastest runner behind.
His run-support abilities will be a hindrance in April, but his 117 total tackles in his junior season will answer a few questions about his ability to cover open space. Wilson doesn’t have the softest hands in his class, but he has tremendous body control which allows him to contort his body and put himself in position to knock away unsuspecting passes.
At 5’10″, Wilson will struggle at the next level where receivers are becoming oversized physical specimens who use their frame to block out defenders at the highest point of the ball. The former Boise State defender has no problems going toe-to-toe with the biggest wideouts, though some would argue that his experience in the WAC hasn’t afforded him the ability to face the best in the NCAA.
Wilson’s tenacity on the field sometimes translates into a nasty character that plays through the whistle and causes minor, unnecessary controversies at the end of the play. His senior year proved more effective for the young player as he was vaulted into a role in which his leadership skills naturally developed.
His upside at the next level is yet to be determined but his athleticism will attract more than a few NFL scouts. The New York Jets will be one of the teams keeping an eye on Wilson come April. Their needs at corner aren’t immediate, but a versatile defensive back like Wilson could answer a lot of questions New York faced in the playoffs. Besides, who better to teach a cover corner the ropes than Darrelle Revis?