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#CFBTop25: No. 11, Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

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Christian Wilkins has proven to be a versatile, athletic and highly disruptive force for the Clemson defense in his first two seasons.

He played defensive tackle during his freshman season before moving to defensive end in 2016, recording 13.5 tackles for loss as he helped CU to a national title.

In CFB 24/7's 17 for '17 series this summer, Wilkins ranked No. 1 among college football's most freakish athletes. The former high-school basketball letterman is listed at 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds but moves with the agility you wouldn't expect to see from a man his size.

Now, he enters 2017 as one of the team's most popular players and a top contender to bring home some hardware by season's end -- he was selected to the watch lists for the Maxwell and Camp awards, which go to the player of the year.

CFB 24/7 is marking the days to the start of the 2017 season by counting down the top 25 players in college football.

Pulling back the curtain on the vote

Wilkins received votes from five of seven CFB 24/7 experts, including four top-10 votes. Just four defensive players finished ahead of him in the #CFBTop25 countdown. He's the highest-rated Clemson player, as his fellow Tigers D-lineman, Dexter Lawrence, came in at No. 15.

What some of our analysts are saying about Wilkins

"Versatile frontline defender with the potential to create chaos as a defensive tackle or stand-up defensive end in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. It's hard to find a 300-plus pound defender with Wilkins' natural athleticism, explosiveness and versatility." -- Bucky Brooks

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"Was an absolute force during the national-title game vs. Alabama. Takes on double teams, and can run down plays from inside out." -- Charles Davis

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"Wilkins plays defensive end and will bump inside to tackle, but 3-technique is his natural spot. He's unusually agile and quick for his size. His high school background as a hooper shows up in his footwork." -- Lance Zierlein

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"The effectiveness with which Wilkins can play either end or tackle reminds me of a bigger Jonathan Allen." -- Chase Goodbread

Where do fans rank Wilkins?

We asked Twitter users who they considered the best player in college football. Wilkins didn't receive a vote. It's not surprising that he didn't have any fan support, as it was easy for him to get lost in the mix on a star-studded national-championship team last season. Wilkins won't have to compete against the likes of Deshaun Watson and Mike Williams for attention this year with those players moving on to the NFL.

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