2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Muhammad Wilkerson
Wilkerson was a four star recruit and ranked as highly as the #10 defensive tackle in the nation, according to Scout.com
Player Name: Muhammad Wilkerson
Position: Defensive Tackle
Arm: 35 1/4
Wilkerson is a space eater who is very strong and he gets good leverage. He is strong at the point of attack, and is more agile than one would initially think. He can move well laterally, and is a force against single blockers. Wilkerson often demands double teams because of his large frame. He can disrupt the backfield with his strength and quickness through the gap, but he may be best off playing nose tackle at the next level. Against the run, Wilkerson is dominant. He’s a pure gap stuffer and doesn’t let much through his area. His frame isn’t at all maxed out so he still has room to grow.
Wilkerson isn’t much of a pass rusher. He lacks the overall quickness to get upfield in a hurry and get into the backfield in pass rush situations. He tends to take up more space and hold the point of attack, rather then penetrate the offensive line. Despite having long arms, he doesn’t always use them to his best ability when trying to stay off of blockers. He needs to improve using his hands, and often gets slapped down easily. Playing in the Mid-American Conference, he hasn’t went up against solid competition.
With more teams seemingly running the 3-4 defense, it’s very possible that Wilkerson sneaks into the second round, although the 3rd to 4th round looks to be ideal for the Temple Product. Pick 67 for the Buffalo Bills is a great fit for Wilkerson who should be able to step into a 3-4 defensive end or nose tackle spot right away. Dallas, Houston, New England, and San Francisco look to be great targets for him at the beginning of the third round.
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