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E.J. Wilson (DE)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    286 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 in.
  • College:
    North Carolina
  • Conference:
    ACC
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Selected by: Seattle Seahawks
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 29 (127)
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Pick Analysis: The Seahawks add a talented edge player with the selection of E.J. Wilson. The former North Carolina standout has good overall skills, and gives the Seahawks another pass rusher to develop in their rotation. Wilson didn't garner a lot of attention throughout his career, but scouts have been buzzing about his potential throughout the pre-draft process.

Overview

Wilson was a productive, three-year starter for the Tar Heels. He is a tough, competitive player but has below-average athleticism. He understands how to leverage blockers with good pad level and hand use. He reacts to blocking schemes well to press back and restrict running lanes. Wilson doesn't have good initial quickness or speed to penetrate gaps and shows little range out of the tackle box. He only flashes as a power rusher and will need to expand his moves and counters to contribute in this phase of the game. Wilson is an overachiever who wins with toughness, instincts and technique and may struggle at the next level.


Strengths

Wilson is a strong defensive end capable of holding up at the point of attack. He has been a productive player in college. Has the work ethic necessary to get the most out of his ability. Plays with impressive pad leverage. Displays very good instincts when diagnosing in the running game. Is a durable performer.

Weaknesses

Wilson is only an average overall athlete for the next level. He lacks the quickness to shoot gaps and penetrate against the run or come off the edge when rushing the passer. Only uses the bull rush at this point and must broaden his pass-rush package to be an every-down guy.

Grade

2.0

 
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