E.J. Wilson, DE, North Carolina

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E.J. Wilson, DE, North Carolina

Postby Pudge » Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:31 pm

North Carolina Senior
40: 4.97 (Campus)

PROS: Shows a nice first step and flashes edge rush ability. Uses hands and his superior motor to beat blocker around the corner. Has experience playing with his hand off the ground as well as lining up inside at tackle. Shows a good ability to get off blocks at the point of attack or in space. Gets leverage vs. the run and can hold the point of attack. Is a capable tackler that does a nice job in pursuit with good closing burst.
CONS: Inconsistent burst and lacks the flexibility and edge speed to turn the corner against NFL-caliber tackles. Doesn't have any real pass rush moves. At times will struggle to get off blocks and limited when facing double teams.
OVERVIEW: A three-year starer that isn't an impact pass rusher but consistently can make plays vs. the run and has a good motor. Had 12 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles as a senior. But also had 9.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble as a sophomore after an underwhelming junior season (4.5-1.0-0)
NFL FORECAST: Wilson is a player that won't ever be a great pass rusher. He's the type of guy that in a starting role will only give you 1-3 sacks each year and they largely will be coverage sacks. But his ability as a run stopper can allow him to be a solid starter and contribute in other ways besides as a pass rusher. Basically he's another Chauncey Davis in terms of his value to the team as he plays almost the exact same role for UNC that Davis has done here in Atlanta. Consistently was able to beat quality blocking tight ends at the point of attack, so I don't think you can put a tight end on him at the next level. You'll have to put a tackle on him to have a chance to move him. Wilson is going to be one of those players that has a long NFL career and is under appreciated because he'll never be a big sack guy. But he can be a capable two-down starter that if he continues to get stronger can line up inside on passing downs. Like Davis, I suspect by his second season he'll be a very valuable part of some team's rotation.
ATL FORECAST: Wilson would be able to replace Davis or Anderson in the near future and give the Falcons a capable run-stopping left end. He won't be much of an upgrade in terms of his pass rush potential, but can be a valuable run stopper. He is basically a Davis clone that should be able to overtake Anderson because of his superior motor.
VALUE: Because of his limited pass rush potential, he shouldn't go higher than the fourth round. But for a team looking for a solid two-down run defender, he'll make a solid fourth or fifth round pick.

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MOTOR: 4.0
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