2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

by Cory J. Bonini on March 29, 2011 @ 01:18:41 PDT

 


Temple junior defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson enters the 2011 NFL Draft with hopes that his size and versatility will make him a high pick in April.

In 2010, his best collegiate season, Wilkerson racked up 10.0 sacks and 68 combined tackles. He posted 58 tackles and 6.0 sacks in '09. 

Strengths

  • Size (6-foot-4 1/8, 315 pounds)
  • Surprisingly agile for his size
  • Effective swim move
  • Good closing speed
  • Versatility - can play 4-3 tackle or 3-4 end 
  • Strong bull rush to create penetration
  • Consistent hustle down the line
  • Doesn't wear down as easily as expected

Weaknesses

  • Is stood up at the line more than you'd like to see from a big man
  • Could add a little muscle upstairs
  • Needs to learn how to use his size better to create more leverage
  • Limited repertoire as a pass rusher

Expected draft placement

Wilkerson's draft value is at its peak in the early third round, but he won't last that long. He could go in the first round to the Indianapolis Colts (No. 22), New York Jets (No. 30), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 31) or Green Bay Packers (No. 32).

In the second round, the Cleveland Browns (No. 37) and Tennessee Titans (No. 39) could be options to select him, as well.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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