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Muhammad Wilkerson (DT)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    315 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    35 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 in.
  • College:
    Temple
  • Conference:
    AAC
Featured Prospects

Selected by: New York Jets
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 30 (30)

Pick Analysis: Rex Ryan's defense has been dominant without the presence of a stellar interior front. However, the addition of Wilkerson gives the Jets a versatile defender with the size, strength and athleticism to provide a pass-rush presence as a three- or five-technique. He has yet to reach his potential, but he possesses the physical skills to be an all-star in their scheme.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.96 sec
  • Bench Press27.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump26.0 inch
  • Broad Jump106.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.31 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.59 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
Buzz

Overview

Wilkerson is an elite 3-4 defensive end prospect with idea size, excellent shedding ability and the athleticism to pursue from the backside and rush the passer. Jolts offensive lineman at the point of attack, can beat the double team, finds the football and makes plays against the run. Does not have rare first-step quickness but can take a direct line through blockers to pressure the quarterback and has range against the run. Despite size, is a three-down guy who plays with a high effort level for four quarters. Wilkerson's stock has risen quickly and he could come off the board in the middle of round one.


Strengths

Wilkerson's a prototypical blend of height, bulk and speed for a defensive tackle or five-technique. Dominant against the run. Has great get off, holds up at the point of attack, shows outstanding ability to shed, and very good closing burst to the ball. Very effective power bull rusher. Has good hands. Good stamina.

Weaknesses

Hard to point out weaknesses in his game. Does not possess elite initial quickness off the ball as a pass rusher or penetrating against the run but still good in this area. Shows some nastiness on occasion but would like to see him play with a more consistent mean streak.

Grade

8.2

 

Video Playlist

  1. Jets pick Muhammad Wilkerson No. 30

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 11:35 p.m.

    The New York Jets select Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson with the 30th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 04:02 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson.

  3. 2011 combine workout: Muhammad Wilkerson

    Published: March 14, 2011 at 08:48 p.m.

    Watch Temple DT Muhammad Wilkerson perform at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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