Lawrence Wilson, DE, Ohio State

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Lawrence Wilson, DE, Ohio State

Postby Pudge » Mon Apr 12, 2010 12:45 pm

Ohio State Senior
40: 4.83 (Campus)

PROS: Shows decent first step and motor. Will chase in pursuit. Has experience lining up inside and outside.
CONS: Lacks the quickness to beat blocker and to be a factor on the edge. Gets pushed back at the point of attack and struggles to get off blocks. Lacks any real pass rush moves.
OVERVIEW: Wilson was expected to develop into a top pass rusher for the Buckeyes, but never did because he was limited quite a bit by injuries. He broke his leg in 2007, missing that year. And then missed the second half of the following year after tearing his ACL, which limited him this past year. He started only 1 game as a senior, but finished with career high 23 tackles. For his career, he totaled 6 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 2 interceptions.
NFL FORECAST: Wilson isn't going to impact as a pass rusher, and just doesn't get off blocks well enough to think he can make plays vs. the run. What he needs to do is get bigger and stronger, probably getting up in the 280-290 pound range. He plays DE and DT in Ohio State's hybrid 3-4 scheme, but projects better as a DE in the 3-4. He's not very disruptive, and with his injuries, I'm not sure he'll ever be. Which means he's best served bulking up so he can be more of an anchor. But he's fairly raw that never really was an impact player at Ohio State, and I don't expect him to suddenly become one in the pros. More than likely, he'll bounce around practice squads for a few years and eventually wash out.
ATL FORECAST: He is really just a camp body for the Falcons since he doesn't really fit well in their attacking 4-3 scheme either inside or outside. He could push for time at defensive end, but isn't a threat to really make the roster or practice squad there.
VALUE: Wilson is worth a camp invite, but he's not worth a draft pick because of his limited upside and rawness.
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