Eagles To Host Fast-Rising Temple Defensive Lineman Muhammad WilkersonBREAKING NEWS, College, Eagles Draft, NCAAF, News, NFLDraft, Temple Friday, April 1st, 2011
Temple Owl defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is reportedly rising on draft boards throughout the NFL and it’s easy to see why. He was very impressive at the NFL Combine to the point that he has caught the attention of the Philadelphia Eagles.
He could jump on the subway if he wants to on April 15th because he’ll be heading to the Eagles Nova Care Complex on that day to spend some time with Andy Reid and his staff. According to Aaron Wilson of NationalFootballPost.com, Wilkerson and the Eagles will be getting together in exactly two weeks.
The young athletic defensive lineman has some impressive measurables. He’s 6’4″ weighs 315 pounds but moves like a much smaller man. I loved the way he gets off the ball on the snap and gets penetration into the offensive backfield.
He ran a 4.96 in the forty yard dash at the NFL Combine while weighing 315 pounds, which is quite impressive. I thought he showed tremendous agility at the combine.
He has the size and arm length to play defensive end in a 3-4 defense. A 3-4 defense has to have great size because they’re asked to two-gap 360 pound offensive tackles. His athletic ability and size could make him a dominating 4-3 defensive tackle. I’ve seen him rush the passer very effectively from the 3-4 defensive end position.
Wilkerson had 70 tackles this past season. Thirteen of those stops were for losses which means he’s getting into the backfield. He also recorded 10 sacks which is nothing to sneeze when you get them from the tackle position.
The Eagles can only bring 30 players. It says something that they made Wilkerson one of them because he doesn’t play one of the positions that they clearly have needs at. I think he looks so good to them that they would be tempted to grab him if he’s still on the board at 23.
I agree with them. I think this young man has the chance to be a dominant player at the defensive tackle position which is rare. If he could get to the passer from the tackle position on the NFL level, it would make the Eagles defensive line one of the best in the NFL.
He’s expected to be picked somewhere in the second half of the first round, but he might go higher if he continues to impress.
According to Wilson, he has already paid a visit to the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs. He visits coming up to Seattle and Tennessee.
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