Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB Connecticut #5
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Size/Athleticism: Impressive height with a decent overall build. He has rare size for the position, giving him the potential to match up with some of the game’s elite receivers.
Coverage: Does a nice job in zone coverage. He’s patient and does reads the quarterback well. He excels at keeping track of receivers in his zone without losing track of the quarterback. Somewhat limited in man coverage. He lacks the quick-twitch athleticism to stay with smaller receiver. His change-of-direction ability is limited and hinders his ability to recover from a false step. Straight-line speed is enough to hang with receiver, but not enough to easily recover from mistakes.
Ball skills: Consistently gets a hand on the ball when he’s in position, but his hands are only average. He’ll drop some would-be interceptions. Leaping ability is slightly below average for a corner. His height helps, but taller receivers have no problem high-pointing the ball against him even in tight coverage.
Run support: Willing to step up against the run, but would rather deliver a big hit and than wrap up the ball carrier. He misses too many tackles from being overly aggressive. He does a poor job playing as the last line of defense. He takes a lot of poor angles to the ball and closes too quickly when he should hang back as the last line of defense. Given his size, he has the potential to improve in his run defense.
Intangibles: Two-time team captain. Three-year starter.
Durability: Missed 5 games with a sprained knee in 2011. Underwent surgery on his hand in 2010 during the season, but did not miss any playing time.
Comments: Wilson has the potential to develop into a decent starter, but he’ll need to clean up his technique. He doesn’t possess enough natural athleticism to make up for the number of mistakes he tends to make in coverage. He survived in the Big East, but NFL receivers will quickly expose his flaws. Given his size and his reputation as a hard worker and team leader, he’s a fairly safe pick because he could always switch to free safety if he fails to develop the tools to excel at cornerback.