Defensive End/3-4 Defensive End
40 time: 4.75
Draft board overall prospect rank: #134
Draft board 3-4 defensive end rank: #12
Overall rating: 63*
4/8/10: CJ Wilson is one of the more under the radar players in this draft class. He didn’t have a great statistic season last year in terms of sacks, but he got some good pressure on the quarterback consistently and totaled 10.5 tackles for loss to go with 5.5 sacks. He finished the season strong showing the flashes of brilliance that earned him 10.5 sacks as a junior in 2008. He’s strong against the run at 290, with the potential to be even stronger given how fit he is, and given his long arms and strong motor. He has very underrated athleticism with 4.75 speed at 6-3 288 and can make plays in space. He can drop into coverage very well for his size and can guard some running backs for a little bit. His size and speed allow him to play multiple position. He could play a 3-4 as an end, but I think he’d fit best in a 4-3 as a left end who moves inside in nickel sets or on clear passing downs. He hurries the quarterback with great consistency and has done that from multiple spots on the line and he possesses a great bull rush. He is very good at freeing himself up for the tackle and put together a very solid amount of tackles for his size over the last 2 years with 116. He sheds blocks well and chases well. He lacks an elite first step or great explosiveness off of the line. Wilson is probably looking at the late 3rd or early 4th round after his strong combine performance and he is as underrated in the draft community as his school, East Carolina, which, in addition to producing Chris Johnson a few years ago, had one of the best NFL ready lines in the NCAAs last year.
NFL Comparison: Jarvis Green
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