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Prospect Profiles-CB Kyle Wilson (Boise State)

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I’m trying to get as many of these possible Giants targets out as I can…If you have a target for the Giants that you want me to profile let me know and I’ll get at it. Right now I’m working on (Bruce Campbell, RB Javhid Best, CB Donovan Warren, DT Lamarr Houston, Dexter McCluster, ILB Sean Lee, ILB Daryl Washington, OLB Novarro Bowman, S Chad Jones, Nate Allen, and Myron Rolle and DE JasonPierre Paul) If you have any others you’re intersted in let me know and I’ll start compiling information.


Jesse Bartolis

Now onto the schedule Profile of Kyle Wilson.

Kyle Wilson is an Excellent Football player that I am very high on. Joe Haden is the number one CB in this draft, but the competition for number two is pretty wide open.

FSU Patrick Robinson, Michigan’s Donovan Warren, Boise State’s Kyle Wilson, Wake Forest Brandon Ghee, and Alabama’s Kareem Jackson are just a few of the names you’ll be hearing in competition for the number two CB spot as it leads up to the draft.

Kyle Wilson, a personal favorite of mine is shooting up draft boards….before the Senior Bowl (back when I was one of the few to LOVE Kyle Wilson)

Wilson was around most people’s top 50 best players…but he’s moving up every week.

He’s a great athlete, very fluid hips, and  a great competitor.

He is not great in run support, however, and he lacks ideal size.

With the problems the Giants have in the secondary we can’t rule out the Giants selecting a CB early in the draft. And because I believe Donovan Warren will ultimatley be the 2nd CB taken off the board it is within the realm of possibliy that Kyle Wilson is around in the middle of round two.

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Kyle Wilson

Kyle Wilson  is a very intriguing cornerback prospect who played his college football at Boise State. He ranks very high (now) on a lot of draft enthusiasts Big Boards, while he does not have ideal size, he is a very good and fluid athlete who has wowed people at the Senior Bowl and also provides value as a potential Punt Return man.

Kyle Wilson has drawn more than one comparison to Dre Bly (just from two scouting reports I’ve found), and reminds me personally a lot of Jabrari Greer of the Saints (Formerly of the Buffalo Bills) or Terrence McGee of the Bills. Both very good cornerbacks in this league, who rely on their fluid hips and athletic ability more than their size.


5’9”  180 pounds. senior.

From the Senior Bowl Practices

MOBILE, Ala. — Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson couldn’t receive a bigger compliment than this through three practices at the Senior Bowl: “That’s the guy that’s been a pain in my ass so far.”

Wilson has been the North’s best cover corner this week, perhaps the Senior Bowl’s best, period. He is listed at 5-feet-10, 190 pounds, and projected to be drafted in the first three rounds.

“He’s got the speed to stay with the receivers, and he’s got the lateral movement in his hips and the good change of direction to stay with the receivers,” Jefferson said. “And he has toughness. The thing I like about him the most, he does not mind getting up and getting in a receiver’s face and challenging him. I like that about him. I love it.”

Wilson takes pride in one-on-one matchups.

You versus me, and it’s going to be me,” Wilson said. “Competition is not a problem. I just love competing out there. I love to win, and I just love competing and battling. And I think this stage here with the best of the best here really helped out.”


Career: 159 tackles. 1 FF, 11 INT. 3 Punt Return Touchdowns. 2 INT touchdowns.

2009: 42 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INT (2 returned for touchdowns)

Kyle Wilson was very productive in his career as both a Cornerback and a return man. Kyle wilson had 3 tackles, a sack and 2 passes defensed vs TCU in the Fiesta Bowl this year.  Last year 7 tackles vs TCU in the Bowl game as well. 4 tackles and 2 INT at Oregon last year.

Boise State did not play Great competition the past two seasons, but when he did play good competition he showed up. He’s  a competitor. (I know it’s getting redundant but I think that’s very underrated aspect of what a player will become).

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Kyle Wilson

Scouting Reports

ESPN Scouts Inc (1 Exceptional, 3 average, 5 marginal)

Overall Football Traits
Production 2 2005: Redshirted 2006: (10/5) 41 tackles, .5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR; 1 PR, 3 yards 2007: (13/13) 41 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INT, 8 PBU; 1 blocked kick, 5 PR, 70 yards (14.0 avg.) 2008: (13/13) 35 tackles, 3 TFL, 5 INT, 10 PBU, 33 PR, 470 yards (14.2), 3 TD.
Height-Weight-Speed 3 Possesses adequate bulk and good top-end speed but height is just average.
Durability 1 Durability is not a concern, as he has yet to miss a game because of an injury. (2006-’08).
Intangibles 2 2008: Named Boise State’s co-Special Teams Player of the Year with kicker Kyle Brotzman by vote of teammates. 2007: Received All-WAC academic honors.
Defensive Corner specific Traits
Fluidity 1 A quick-twitch and smooth athlete. Changes directions effortlessly and can mirror receivers in man coverage. Can turn and run with receivers when lines up in press man coverage.
Closing Burst 2 Makes a quick transition out of back-pedal. Breaks on the ball extremely well and closes quickly when receivers make a catch in front of him. However, lacks elite recovery speed and struggles to recover when gets caught in a trail position.
Ball Skills 3 Natural hands. Aggressive and doesn’t wait for the ball to come to him. Above-average body control and make acrobatic catches. However has trouble finding the ball at times. Also needs to do a better job of playing the ball without making contact with the receiver.
Instincts/Mental Toughness 2 Displays good short-term memory loss and can bounce back after getting beaten. Shows good anticipation of routes in zone coverage. Does a nice job of mid-pointing the high-low route concepts working near the sideline. However, needs to do a better job of getting head turned around in time to locate the ball.
Run Support 3 Willing to step up in run support and get jersey dirty but takes too long to disengage from blocks at times. Inconsistent open field tackler.

Russ Lande Sporting News Draft Analyst

NFL position: CB
Height: 5-9 1’3
Weight: 184
40 time: 4.43
Current projection: Third-round pick

Strengths: Is consistent and a good all-around athlete. Shows fluid hip movements to make sharp cuts. Shows the speed to cover most receivers man-to-man all over the field. Shows the agility to make up for any missteps and recovers nicely on double-moves. Has a nose for the ball. Uses hands well to jam and redirect receivers.

Weaknesses: Must improve backpedal. Lacks great size. Tends to get flat-footed, causing a breakdown in technique. Can be beaten deep because of overaggressive nature. Will bite on pump fakes and hard double-moves. Shows just average hands and drops an easy interception on occasion. Must add bulk to take on big NFL receivers.

Bottom line: With rare ballhawking skills and instincts, Wilson has a lot of upside as an NFL cornerback. He will struggle to be effective against the run and to cover big receivers, so he might fit best as a nickel back. With improved strength and technique, he could become a quality NFL starter. He also should contribute as a punt returner while developing as a cornerback.

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Boise State

5-10 187

40 time (projected): 4.44

Draft board overall prospect rank: #48

Draft board cornerback rank: #4

Overall rating: 79*

College career highlights:

2008 All-American Second Team

2008 All-WAC First Team

2007 All-WAC Second Team

9/7/09: Kyle Wilson is a top cornerback prospect heading into the 2010 NFL draft and one of the best examples of the type of great athletes and great football players that once small name Boise State has recruited over the past few years. He’s excellent in man coverage and is always around the ball, making big plays. He had 5 picks and 10 pass deflections last season, but he also showed his quickness and agility as one of college football’s elite punt returners. He’ll be a two-in-one package for NFL teams who draft him. He’s faster than his 40 time indicates and always seems to make a big play. He doesn’t play against as weak of competition as you would think. Yes, he plays in the WAC, which is a good, though admittedly not great conference, but Boise State is becoming a marquee matchup for BCS conference teams so in non-conference play, Wilson faces a lot of high level teams and his dominance in the defensive backfield against these teams shows that he is able to translate to the cornerback position in the NFL. He’s not a hard tackler and is a liability against the run. He doesn’t have elite high, hops, or arm length, so he’s not going to win a ton of jump ball matchups, which hurts. Even if you are great in man coverage if you’re losing those one-on-one matchups which hurts a little. That being, said 5-10 is not short. Plenty of cornerbacks have made in the NFL without mad hops or height. His strength is in his deceptiveness and his ability to confuse wide receivers. He may never be a star cornerback, but he’s a very solid player who should be a starter for many years, in addition to his ability as a punt returner.

NFL Comparison: ‘Dre Bly

CBS Draft Scout

Read & React: Good anticipatory and reaction skills. Has the agility to mirror the receiver’s breaks and likes to sneak a peek at the quarterback in an attempt to get a break on the ball.

Man Coverage: Good straight-line speed and the agility to stick with receivers throughout a route. Smooth hip turn. Doesn’t lose speed in his transition. Competitive, but can be beaten by bigger, more physical receivers. Very good ball skills.

Zone Coverage: Has a low, tight backpedal. Good speed to maintain cushion. Quick feet to change direction efficiently and locates the ball quickly with a closing burst.

Closing/Recovery: Aggressive defender who will bait the quarterback in zone coverage and can break on the ball quickly to make the interception. Times leaps well and can snatch the pass outside of his frame. Can make the first defender miss as a returner and is an elusive runner with good vision. Sets up his blocks well and has the burst to squeeze through gaps and the breakaway speed to go the distance.

Run Support: Plays with a cover corner mentality and rarely involves himself in run support. Has only averaged seven solo tackles a season in three years as a starter, despite posting 117 total tackles through his junior season. Flashes physicality as a hitter, but is typically more of a duck-and-swipe tackler. Has taken advantage of unsuspecting and defenseless receivers catching passes over the middle.

Tackling: Duck-and-swipe tackler who prefers not to get involved in run support. Takes too long to get past the receiver’s block and rarely attacks the line of scrimmage.

Intangibles: Can be antagonistic on the field and has a tendency to play through the whistle. Reportedly had a spectacular offseason in the weight room and on the practice field prior to the 2009 season. Re-dedicated himself and was characterized by the coaching staff as developing into more of a leader. Surprised many when signing with Boise State after starring at powerhouse Piscataway High School in New Jersey. Led Piscataway to three consecutive state championships, earning MVP honors of the state championship game as a junior and senior.

NFL Comparison: Dre’ Bly, 49ers

NFL Draft Bible

Senior Bowl: Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson was clearly the best defender on the NORTH roster today… his straight-line speed is evident, but his smooth footwork in the drills and solid ball skills really helped boost his stock today… he is said to be clocking at near sub-4.3 40-times in pre-combine workouts so he could jump into the back end of the first-round with a few more solid practices and 40-times like that next month… will remind some of former Connecticut cornerback Darius Butler who flashed a similar skill set a year ago at this game and was then taken #41 overall (2nd round) by the New England Patriots. – January 25, 2010

Quick Hit: Last season Wilson was named first-team All-WAC cornerback and second-team all-conference punt returner. He lead the team with five interceptions, 10 pass breakups and 15 passes defended, to go along with 35 total tackles and five tackles for loss. He had 33 punt returns, good for 470 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson is 5’10, 184 and runs in the 4.4-range. He excels in both man-to-man and zone coverage and when he get his hands on the ball can make plays. He isn’t just a cover cornerback but will come up and support the run. Entering his senior campaign, Wilson holds a third-to-fourth round grade.

12.14.09 – Wilson’s senior year at Boise has mirrored his senior year at Piscataway. He’s been a multi-purpose threat at cornerback and punt returner. At corner, he has 40 tackles and three interceptions, two of which he took to the house. As a return man he’s averaging 10.4 yards. The adjustments he had to make on the field were just as significant. “When I came here I didn’t know too much about the playbook and Xs and Os,” he said. “I played a lot on instincts in high school, but I’ve definitely grown as a student of the game. I really take the film work seriously.” A four-year starter, Wilson has made 151 career tackles, intercepted 11 passes and averaged 12.7 yards per punt return. Three of those punt returns went for touchdowns.

Big Board Rankings (1/29)

ESPN’s Scouts Inc 38

Draft Board Insider 51

CBS Draft Scout 69

NFL Draft Bible 22nd

Where the Mocks have him falling

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

Kyle Wilson has kind of been a pet project of mine since the end of the college football season. I’ve always regarded him as the second best Cornerback in this year’s draft class (you will soon see him battling with Donovan Warren out of Michigan for 2nd best…Warren is a nice player too with more size). The longer the off-season goes the more Kyle Wilson seems to be climbing boards.

It’s not becuase people are reading things I’ve writing or listening to what I”m saying, it’s because it shows.

He’s a very good to exceptional athlete who plays a competive cornerback and as a bonus can be dangerous in the return game.

Kyle Wilson is very good with the ball in his hands whether that is off INT or in the return game.

Perry Fewell is also a very good at coaching Defensive Backs which would bode well to draft such a natural athlete and competitor.

Final Verdict

If I was the General Manager of the New York Giants, Kyle Wilson would be one of  the top, if not THE top second round target. But that’s if Jesse Bartolis was conducting the New York Giants draft.

I realize that CB is not necessarily our greatest need, but again I’m a Best Player Available believer so that doesn’t concern me that much. He also could be a very good Punt Return man which the Giants could use.

Based purely on history, I do not think the New York Giants and Jerry Reese will realistically consider Kyle Wilson with their second round pick.

First off Jerry Reese has shown a penchant of drafting players from Big Time programs out of Big Time conferences in the first two rounds.

I don’t know if Boise State is getting legetimate consideration as a top school (although with the success of Ryan Clady perhaps they will get more attention).

Secondly, the New York Giants like big physical cornerbacks who help in run support. That is Kyle Wilson’s Weakness. He is generally listed at 5’10, but is probably shorter. Or if he’s not he’s 5’10 with no inches to spare. These are not the kind of Cornerbacks the Giants want. Terrell Thomas (6′), Corey Webster (6′), Aaron Ross (6′) are all Big cornerbacks who support the run game.

Thirdly: I think the Giants like their Cornerbacks even if they did have a poor year. The group is extremely young. Aaron Ross, Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, and Bruce Johnson are all players who are not even in their primes yet.

Kyle Wilson, I believe will be a very solid cornerback in this league who could be a dangerous return man. There is a lot to like about Kyle Wilson and I think he would provide excellent value with the 15th pick in round two, but I do not believe that he will end up with the New York Giants.

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OT Bryan Baluga

OT Anthony Davis

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ILB Brandon Spikes

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21 Responses to “Prospect Profiles-CB Kyle Wilson (Boise State)”

  1. Gmen says:

    can you profile morgan burnett and dan williams

  2. Jeremy says:

    Good job on the profiles, I look forward to future posts.

  3. Gmen

    I can and I will.

  4. Gmen says:

    thanks looking foward to it and i love the profiles you do

  5. steve says:

    love your proflie on this kid i like him

  6. steve says:

    p.s. i cant wait 4 javhid best!!!!!

  7. Jeremy Fuchs says:

    I enjoy watching Boise St. if only for the smurf turf. But, the one player that has stood out, at least for me, has been Wilson. Always doing something. Wouldn’t mind him at all.

    • Toni says:

      Living in Boise and having the pleasure of watching our Broncos do so well the past few years,all of course with the assistance of Kyle Wilson. He will be greatly missed here. I have met him several times and he was always a very polite young man and took time for all his fans young and old in the area. I have never met anyone who ever had anything but nice things to say about him. The Giants would be lucky to have him as a player! I believe his greatest days of football are ahead of him!

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