Christian Wilkins

Clemson
DT

Prospect Info

College
Clemson
Hometown
Class
Springfield, MA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
315 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

6.12
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Miami
Dolphins
Round 1 ‧ Pick 13
40 Yard Dash
5.04u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
28
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
107.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
--
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.55
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Not only is Wilkins a star defensive lineman for the Tigers, but he was also the first scholarship Clemson football player to earn a degree in just two and a half years. His work in the classroom, in the community and on the field earned him the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy after his senior season. Wilkins was also a first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-ACC selection for his play (57 tackles, 15 for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles), which helped the Tigers win their second national title since he arrived on campus. The top 25 national recruit broke out in a big way his freshman year, earning Freshman All-American honors by racking up 84 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and two sacks in 15 games. Wilkins had 10 tackles in 35 snaps against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl that season. In the team's 2016 national championship season, he was a third-team Associated Press All-American and second-teams All-ACC selection, starting all 15 games and compiling 56 stops, 13 for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He also set a school record for defensive linemen with 10 pass breakups. Wilkins was a permanent team captain in 2017, starting all 14 games, making 53 tackles (8.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks) playing primarily inside after spending time at defensive end in previous seasons. His grandfather, Eurie Stamps, was killed when a SWAT team rifle accidentally discharged during a raid of his apartment in January 2011. They were looking for Stamps' stepson and two friends accused of selling drugs from the apartment. Wilkins split time during middle and early high school living with his stepfather (where he was when the raid took place) and with Stamps.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
B.J. Hill
Overview
Desired combination of athleticism, production and character with the ability to fit into a stop unit that already has some pieces in place. Wilkins is a slippery, upfield three-technique with the ability to make plays outside his area. He plays with low pads allowing for optimal disruption leverage in the gaps, but he needs to be paired with an attacking front as he lacks the length and strength to hold his ground as a read-and-react tackle. He's busy and agile as a rusher, which could keep him on the field for more snaps.
Strengths
  • Locker room leader with character that is off the charts
  • Face of the franchise personality
  • Experience as base end and defensive tackle
  • Instant snap reaction with fast hands into contact
  • Highly efficient in his movement
  • Stays under opponent's pads throughout the rep
  • Lateral quickness to disrupt in gaps
  • Can contort and slither around blocker's pads
  • Rare flexibility creates functional balance at awkward angles
  • Short area agility of a linebacker
  • Active to improve rush positioning
  • Shifts hips for optimal cornering inside the pocket
  • Can drop into space on zone-blitz calls
  • Batted down 15 passes during career
Weaknesses
  • Initial quickness gives way to fatigue as rep continues
  • Overall play strength can improve
  • Not enough extension/separation after initial punch
  • Thick lower half missing quality anchor
  • Struggles with contact balance on down blocks
  • Lacks length and power to excel in two-gap scheme
  • Folded and collapsed when facing powerful double teams
  • Can do a better job of defeating reach blocks against him
  • Offensive linemen with length can bother him
  • Lacks length to pry off blocks
  • Average strength in playing through redirect blocks in pass rush
  • Scheme dependent

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league