- AProjectionRound 1-2
- Hand9 ¾
- Arm32 ½
Strong Points: Good DT size and a good athlete for his position. Because of his talent, he has lined up all along the defensive line, playing both inside and outside. Instinctive player who reacts quickly. Good snap reaction with a quick first step. Can be disruptive in the run game. Improved as a pass rusher in 2018. Flashes the ability to dominate when he wants. Almost came out in 2018, but helped himself by staying in school. Can play in any scheme. Will probably get bigger once he gets to the NFL.
Weak Points: Good but not quite ideal size and power for the position. At times can be slow off blocks. Not dominant in any one area but good in all of them. Hand use has improved but still needs to get better. Average as an inside pass rusher.
The Way We See It: Almost entered the draft last year, but improved his stock in returning to a dominating D-line that helped Clemson win the national championship. His play improved in all areas, as did his consistency. Has experience playing inside and outside but will be an inside player at the next level. Can play either the 3- or 5-technique. Based on his 2016 tape, most observers thought that he would become a dominating college defensive lineman. He never did, but he is a good, consistent player who will be very good as a rotational lineman at the next level. Has the athleticism to be a better pass rusher than he was at Clemson, and that might still happen when he gets to the NFL. In an extremely deep class, Wilkins won't go in the first round, but he should be a solid second-rounder who contributes right away.
Arthur Arkush: An agile big man with a knack for piercing gaps and finding the football, Wilkins has a disruptive skill set with enough smarts and athleticism to play in multiple alignments. He's not a run-game anchor who can consistently take on double teams, but that's not what a smart team will ask of Wilkins. He'll be best as a playmaking three technique, creating havoc and plenty of opportunities for his teammates with his quickness off the ball (effective inside swim) and snap-to-whistle relentlessness. Does the fact that Wilkins was surrounded by so much blue-chip DL talent complicate his evaluation? Perhaps a bit, but he sure looked great in the title game sans Dexter Lawrence, and his effort and football character should be welcome qualities in any locker room.
Best Fit: Panthers, Falcons, Vikings, Patriots
Red Flags: None
NFL Comp: Malcolm Brown