Alex Wujciak, ILB, Maryland

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Alex Wujciak, ILB, Maryland

Postby Pudge » Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:08 pm

Maryland Senior
40: 4.77


Does a good job filling vs. the inside run at the point of attack and can make the stop there. Can take on lead blockers at the point of attack. Does his best work when he's attakcing upfield and/or downhill in pursuit and is rarely out of position vs. the inside run. Shows some burst upfield as a blitzer and can shoot gaps to make stops in the backfield.


Lacks speed and range and doesn't play as fast as he times. Gets stuck in traffic when trying to make plays in pursuit, and rarely makes stops outside the hashmarks. Gets beat to the corner and will miss stops in pursuit because he'll overpursue and take bad angles in space. Not a sudden athlete and lacks burst to close on the ball in space. Looks stiff in coverage and misses assignments because of lacking awareness. Doesn't get good depth in zone coverage and struggles to cover the middle of the field in man.


Wujciak is a good two-down run defender that fits well inside in a 3-4 scheme. But his lack of speed and range will limit him at the next level and he'll be a pure reserve. He was a three-year starter after missing his redshirt freshman year with a knee injury. He was very productive, leading the team in tackles all three years. He combined for 381 tackles, 22 for loss, 2.5 sacks, 4 INTs, and 9 PBUs in that span. His last name is pronounced: "woe-jack."


For 3-4 teams looking for big, tough, hard-nosed run defenders inside, Wujciak can fit. He can definitely add depth. If he can improve his awareness in zone coverage, he might be a functional stopgap starter for a game or two. But his upside long-term as a starter is limited, unless you want him to be a poor man's Matt Wilhelm. He's tough and smart enough run defender that if he plays beside a rangy run stopper in the middle of a 3-4 defense, he can be an adequate complementary starter. But he won't hold onto that job for long because eventually the team will try and add or develop a more athletic guy that can make more plays. If he can perform early on specail teams, then I think he can stick long-term as a reserve in the pros. But his value will largely be based around his special teams prowess because his upside on defense is very limited beyond above average depth. And that caliber of depth isn't likely to develop until three or four years down the line when he gets comfortable in a system.


Wucjiak is a bad fit in Atlanta because of his limited range and potential to make plays in space and coverage. He's just not good or comfortable enough to be effective in any role in a 4-3 scheme.


He's not worth drafting because of his limited upside, but is good enough to make an NFL roster as an undrafted free agent.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Speed: 2.0
Tackling: 3.0
Coverage: 2.0
Point of Attack: 3.5
Instincts: 2.5
Pass Rush: 2.0
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