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Prospect Profiles: Martez Wilson

MARTEZ WILSON, LB, ILLINOIS

Triangle Numbers: 6-4, 250, 4.49

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Very productive in 2010 (112 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception)… Has good size to play inside in a 3-4 scheme, a little tall and not very compact, but appears to have a good amount of bulk, is experienced playing the inside linebacker position… Has pretty good speed… Does a good job keeping playside arm free when being blocked, flows to the ball when engaged by blockers and will make plays by slipping off blockers near the ball carrier… Was a top recruit coming out of high school, second-highest rated five-star DE behind 2010 fourth-round pick Everson Griffen… Is a smart player who understands the way the game works, had to adjust to a new system in 2009 and 2010… Is a very physical player, uses body weight well when driving into blockers and making tackles in traffic… Is a good special teams performer, plays with intensity and has a lot of experience blocking punts… Appears to be a fairly versatile player, has experience at multiple linebacker positions, at defensive end, in special teams and as a situation pass rusher.

Negatives: Can over-pursue and has some trouble changing directions when facing a shifty runner or quarterback with quick feet, needs to do a better job of breaking down against targets in the open field… Was suspended in for the last game of 2008 for violation of team rules… Suffered from a herniated disk in 2009 and missed most of the season after recovering from a stab wound a year earlier, health and durability may be a substantial question mark heading into the draft… Will miss a lot of tackles when going full speed, does not break down well and relies too much on momentum and upper-body strength to bring down ball carriers… Does not have an overwhelming motor, and often looks timid when scraping and taking pursuit angles across the field.

Sporting News:

Strengths: Has excellent size and arm length for the position at the NFL level. Is an explosive, straight-line athlete with excellent closing burst and acceleration on a straight-ahead track. Had the fastest 40 time among linebackers at the Combine. Has good overall instincts and awareness with outstanding production as a run defender and part-time pass rusher. Has strong hands, upper-body strength and big-hit ability as a tackler. Shows the ability to rush from inside or the edge.

Weaknesses: Does not consistently wrap up and ends up on the ground too often. Is a marginal tackler on the move in space. Has average power on contact, dropping to his knees at times. Is a liability in man-to-man coverage due to his poor transition skills. Has durability issues.

Bottom line: Wilson started two years at Illinois but missed the 2009 season because of a neck injury. As a rookie, look for him to compete for a starting spot and be a core special teams member. Wilson will fit best in a 3-4 defense, where he could also play on the outside.

KFFL:

Strengths

  • Extremely athletic
  • Size (6-foot-3 7/8, 250 pounds)
  • Fantastic closing and reaction speed
  • Slices into the backfield
  • Cognizant pass defender – reroutes receivers
  • Runs well with tight ends
  • Plugs the hole – a gap tackler
  • Capable blitzer
  • Speed (4.49 40-yard dash) and quickness
  • Rebounded nicely from missing almost all of the 2009 season; also came back from a stabbing incident in 2008
  • Wingspan – records a lot of shoestring tackles

Weaknesses

  • Not very instinctual and relies too much on raw athleticism
  • Missed all but one game in 2009 (herniated disc in his neck)
  • Overly aggressive trying to jump a play – a product of his lack of recognition
  • Stack and shed needs work
  • Could improve his flexibility

VIDEO

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GIANTSGAB THOUGHTS:

Jesse posted a profile over at NFLMocks, and I was going to let that stand, but once I saw him run a 4.49 40, I thought it would be wise to weigh in. Obviously, Wilson is incredibly athletic. 6-4 ,250, with a 4.49 40? I mean, wow. Just wow. Even on tape, you can see it. Still, the thing I keep reading, and seeing, is that he runs faster than he plays. You never want that. That usually means a player is lazy, or takes plays off. He can jump and run out the gym, but he doesn’t bring it to the field. Never want that. Another thing I keep seeing is that he fits best as a 3-4 linebacker. Often, a 3-4 middle linebacker needs to be protected, so he can run free and make plays. He needs to be protected because he can’t sort through trash. Ray Lewis is an example. Tremendously athletic. Love Ray Lewis. But, he would not fit in a 4-3. Watch him before the Ravens got Haloti Ngata. Not as good. When they had Tony Siragusa and all those guys on that championship team, Lewis was great. Those big bodies retired, Lewis slipped a bit. Then, he went campaigning for Ngata in the draft. They got him and Ray Lewis became Ray Lewis again. Martez Wilson is not Ray Lewis. But he’s a similar type of player, minus the fiery nature. Wilson, I think, would not be a fit at ILB for the Giants. I think he could play strongside linebacker, because he’s so athletic. He can run with tight ends, he can rush the passer. He can do things that Clint Sintim simply can’t. Wilson will be a first round pick. After his combine performance, he could go anywhere after 14. So, he could very well be an option for the Giants. I like Wilson. I don’t love him, because I’m not sure how much of a fit he is in the Giants defense. In a 3-4, he has the chance to be a great middle linebacker. In a 4-3, he’ll have to be strongside. Is he better than Akeem Ayers? Probably. Is he right for the Giants? Maybe. But, he’s going to be a risk, because he’s not a perfect fit schematically. That’s why I’m a bit hesitant. Love his athleticism, love some of the stuff he does on tape. Just a little skeptical.

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One Response to “Prospect Profiles: Martez Wilson”

  1. Hey, Fuchs, you did the right thing profiling Tyron Smith and Martez Wilson the past couple of days. In my next mock I’m putting out next week I’m actually going to mock Wilson to the Giants. I’ve thought (as I said in that post) that the Giants would be really interested in Wilson and that was before he ran so fast at the combine.

    I think him, Smith (both of them), Ingram, Ayers will be very high on their list (I’m still not buying them drafting an OL in the first round for the sake of it, but Castanzo, Smith, Solder are possible).

    I like Wilson’s game and I don’t think the transition will be a problem as most linebackers because Wilson was actually playing out of position in college, he’s a better outside linebacker then he is inside because he’s a natural pass rusher.

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