2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Clemson iDL Christian Wilkins

HEIGHT: 6-3

WEIGHT: 315

COLLEGE: Clemson

CLASS: Senior

2018 STATS: 51 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 2 passes defended, 1 forced fumble (15 games)

CAREER STATS: 192 tackles, 40.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 15 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles (55 games)

GAMES WATCHED (6): Texas A&M, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Duke, Boston College

40 BENCH VERT BROAD 3 CONE 20S 60S
5.04 28 29.5″ 107″ 4.55

BALL GET-OFF (16/20)

  • Solid quickness out of stance
  • Quick reaction to the snap

RUN DEFENSE (17/20)

  • Solid stack-and-shed ability — has trouble disengaging at times due to suboptimal arm length
  • Solid anchor vs. double teams
  • Showed pretty good playmaking range in 2018 Boston College game
  • Good lateral anchor when flowing towards the sideline in pursuit of outside runs
  • Good contact balance
  • Solid tackler in space

POWER (11.25/15)

  • Solid functional strength to hold up as a point of attack run defender
  • Can generate a little bit of push with his bull rush, but his power moves aren’t highly effective

TECHNIQUE (10.5/15)

  • Plays with leverage on a consistent basis
  • Good hand placement vs. the run
  • Pass rush approach is fairly simplistic — stab/chop is his go-to move, likes the dip-and-rip
  • Has shown an ability to string together pass rush moves — club/swim, club/rip
  • Can be slow to deploy counter moves

MENTAL PROCESSING (8/10)

  • Gets hands up into passing lanes when rush stalls
  • Typically finds the football quickly after engaging blockers

SIZE/PHYSICAL TRAITS (4/5)

  • Has the height and weight needed to hold up physically at any interior defensive line position
  • At 32 1/2″, arms are shorter than ideal

MOTOR (5/5)

  • High effort vs. run and pass on every snap

PURSUIT/CLOSING SPEED (3.5/5)

  • Average closing speed
  • Fairly fluid with change of direction

FLEXIBILITY (4/5)

  • Good flexibility to corner on offensive lineman

OVERALL GRADE: 79.25/100.00 — 2ND ROUND — Complimentary starter or raw player with star potential

SCHEME FIT: 3-technique DT

DRAFT PROJECTION: Mid-late 1st round

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