Kyle Wilson

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May 122012



Boise State

5-10 194

40 time: 4.43

Draft board overall prospect rank: #27

Draft board cornerback rank: #2

Overall rating: 84*

 3/2/10: He didn’t run, but he didn’t need to. First he benched 25 reps of 225 pounds at 5-10 194. Then he ended his day by being, by far, the most impressive cornerback in the drills. If his 40 time is under 4.5 at his Pro Day, which it should be, he could be a first round pick lock.

1/30/10: Another impressive cornerback, Wilson has shown once again why, before his disappointing senior year, he was a possible 1st round pick. He has probably brought himself back into 2nd round contention with his good Senior Bowl week.  

1/23/10: He had a bit of a down year this year which hurts because his athleticism at 5-10 185 doesn’t jump off the page and that could drop him to the 3rd round in a strong cornerback class. However, he projects as a nice nickel back with the potential to be a #2 corner at the next level. He also is a good punt returner.

            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: Cortland Finnegan

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