Now that Christian Wilkins has been drafted by the Miami Dolphins at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tenn., here's a look at what fans need to know about the 6'3", 315-pound Clemson defensive tackle.
Wilkins is one of the most athletic 300-pounders you’ll find. He’s lightning quick at the snap, with the fast, violent hands to ward off blocks and the balance and change-of-direction ability to get into the backfield and wreck plays. He’s going to be an immediate force as a pass rusher. As a back-side run defender, he is relentless in pursuit and will run down plays. He had a reputation as a high-character leader at Clemson. He also got some use as a 300-pound goal line tailback.
He’s more finesse than power, and he is going to get knocked around in the run game a bit. He doesn’t cover two gaps, and opponents will likely target him as a guy who will not only struggle to hold up at the point of attack, but also is susceptible to losing track of the ball, firing upfield then getting sealed off by trap blocks.
Wilkins has a chance to be an impact player. He’ll be a difference maker as a one-gap penetrator.