Run Defense - Works into the neutral zone with leverage, quick hands and a fairly stout anchor to control at the point of attack. Does not play with great extension which may factor into his inconsistencies processing blocks. Hands are active to disengage and he finds the football very well.
Pass Rush - Quickness off the ball combined with good play strength, flexibility and a variety of moves makes him an effective interior rusher. Can be slow to deploy counters and wish his overall attack was executed with more urgency when his initial plan stalls. Gets his hands in throwing lanes and attacks with relentless effort.
Effort - Plays with non-stop energy and enthusiasm. Competes hard on every snap and pursues the football with urgency. Battles to get off contact and is never content being blocked. Plays special teams and does so with passion. Renown for football character and intangibles to affect culture.
Hand Technique - Has an array of moves to disengage and clear blocks. Hands are heavy, violent and capable of disrupting an offensive lineman's balance. Doesn't play with ideal extension so winning with first contact and fitting his hands are critical.
Flexibility - Has good cornering skills for his size. Changes directions fluidly and rapidly with no segmentation. Explosively springs off contact to engage with ball carriers attempting to run by him. Able to reduce his surface area to dip and rip through gaps.
Play Strength - Plays with consistent leverage with helps maximize his play strength. Features a stout anchor but isn't immune to getting worked out of his gap. Can convert speed to power and execute a bull rush to collapse the pocket. Contact balance is generally sound.
Play Speed - Has some juice in his get off and will challenge offensive lineman to take good sets, slide and stay square. Has good closing speed once the path has been cleared. Covers distances in pursuit with outstanding urgency. Features excellent range for an interior defensive lineman.
Lateral Movement - Operates effectively as a backside defender working down the line of scrimmage. Can slant and attack gaps with good fluidity. Smooth and easy change of direction ability and transitions. Able to work his hips around to defeat reach blocks.
Versatility - Ideally suited to function as a three-technique in a 4-3 alignment with playmaking upside against the run and pass. Regular contributor on special teams in college. Has lined up over the center in college and situationally rushed from the edge.
BEST TRAIT - Effort
WORST TRAIT - Playing with extension
RED FLAGS -
Wilkins projects favorably to a three-technique role in a 4-3 defense where his leverage, burst, hand technique and flexibility can be used in a penetration-style role. With that said, he isn't limited to that role and can function in a variety of techniques while offering playmaking upside against the run and pass. Wilkins does have some limitations because he doesn't play with great extension and his processing skills can stand to improve. Wilkins has played in nearly 60 college games and should be able to step in right away as an impact starter. His football character and intangibles make him a culture-changing addition to an NFL locker room.