Getting To Know Our Rookies: Christian Wilkins


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Round 1 – #13 Christian Wilkins DT, Clemson

Christian Wilkins
Miami Dolphins
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: December 20, 1995 (age 23)
Springfield, Massachusetts
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school: Suffield Academy (CT)
College: Clemson
NFL Draft: 2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Roster status: Unsigned draft pick

NFL Draft Profile

Not only is Wilkins a star defensive lineman for the Tigers, but he was also the first scholarship Clemson football player to earn a degree in just two and a half years. His work in the classroom, in the community and on the field earned him the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy after his senior season.

Wilkins was also a first-team Associated Press All-American and first-team All-ACC selection for his play (57 tackles, 15 for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles), which helped the Tigers win their second national title since he arrived on campus. The top 25 national recruit broke out in a big way his freshman year, earning Freshman All-American honors by racking up 84 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and two sacks in 15 games.

Wilkins had 10 tackles in 35 snaps against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl that season. In the team’s 2016 national championship season, he was a third-team Associated Press All-American and second-teams All-ACC selection, starting all 15 games and compiling 56 stops, 13 for loss, and 3.5 sacks. He also set a school record for defensive linemen with 10 pass breakups. Wilkins was a permanent team captain in 2017, starting all 14 games, making 53 tackles (8.5 for loss, 4.5 sacks) playing primarily inside after spending time at defensive end in previous seasons.

His grandfather, Eurie Stamps, was killed when a SWAT team rifle accidentally discharged during a raid of his apartment in January 2011. They were looking for Stamps’ stepson and two friends accused of selling drugs from the apartment. Wilkins split time during middle and early high school living with his stepfather (where he was when the raid took place) and with Stamps.

Overview

Desired combination of athleticism, production and character with the ability to fit into a stop unit that already has some pieces in place. Wilkins is a slippery, upfield three-technique with the ability to make plays outside his area. He plays with low pads allowing for optimal disruption leverage in the gaps, but he needs to be paired with an attacking front as he lacks the length and strength to hold his ground as a read-and-react tackle. He’s busy and agile as a rusher, which could keep him on the field for more snaps.

Strengths
  • Locker room leader with character that is off the charts
  • Face of the franchise personality
  • Experience as base end and defensive tackle
  • Instant snap reaction with fast hands into contact
  • Highly efficient in his movement
  • Stays under opponent’s pads throughout the rep
  • Lateral quickness to disrupt in gaps
  • Can contort and slither around blocker’s pads
  • Rare flexibility creates functional balance at awkward angles
  • Short area agility of a linebacker
  • Active to improve rush positioning
  • Shifts hips for optimal cornering inside the pocket
  • Can drop into space on zone-blitz calls
  • Batted down 15 passes during career
Weaknesses
  • Initial quickness gives way to fatigue as rep continues
  • Overall play strength can improve
  • Not enough extension/separation after initial punch
  • Thick lower half missing quality anchor
  • Struggles with contact balance on down blocks
  • Lacks length and power to excel in two-gap scheme
  • Folded and collapsed when facing powerful double teams
  • Can do a better job of defeating reach blocks against him
  • Offensive linemen with length can bother him
  • Lacks length to pry off blocks
  • Average strength in playing through redirect blocks in pass rush
  • Scheme dependent

 

 

 

TDS’s Take:

Knowing we were headed towards a MEAT & POTATOES draft there is no better way to start to rebuild our Defense than with a young DT stud who possess the flexibility and speed that Wilkins does. He is also an extremely intelligent player and that will be the theme carried on throughout the Dolphins drafting process “INTELLIGENT PLAYERS” He also was used as a Full Back like an ICE BREAKER in Clemson’s offense talk about flexibility!!!!! I look forward to seeing this young man grow and develop as Miami future dominant DT!

Welcome to Miami  Christian Wilkins have fun and Wreak Havoc!!!

 

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