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Friday, April 1, 2011
Draft Watch: DL Muhammad Wilkerson

By Bryan Broaddus and Tim MacMahon

ESPNDallas.com looks at potential Cowboys picks for the April 28-30 NFL draft.

MUHAMMAD WILKERSON
Position:
DE/DT
School: Temple
Scouts Inc. ranking: No. 17 overall

Bio: Two-time first-team All-MAC selection … Made 70 tackles, including 13 for losses and 9.5 sacks, as a junior in 2010. … Make 61 tackles, including 10.5 for losses and seven sacks, as a sophomore. … Starred at power forward for a state championship basketball team at Linden (N.J.) High School.

Temple defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson has the right combination of size, speed and strength to attract plenty of attention.
Muhammad Wilkerson, a likely NFL tackle, must learn to use his hands in order to play with leverage.
Size: 6-4 1/8, 315
40-yard dash: 4.98
Arm length: 35 inches
Hand size: 10 inches
225-pound bench press reps: 27
Vertical jump: 26 inches
Broad jump: 8-10
20-yard shuttle: 4.59
Three-cone drill: 7.31

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Villanova, Penn State and Connecticut games): Played as the strong side defensive end for Temple in 2010. Can see him playing either tackle or end in the NFL but most likely as a tackle. … Physical size is impressive and his ability to hold up at the point of attack is his best trait. He will take up blockers with his strength. He does have some punch in his hands but he doesn’t always fire them into the blocker. If he learned how to use his hands, he would do a much better job of playing with leverage. … Does not have the initial quickness or the pass rush skills of the other defensive linemen that I have viewed in this draft. Doesn’t always come off the ball attacking the blockers. He can be slow and his technique can be lazy. There are times on tape where he plays lazy and catches blocks. It’s different when you study guys like Marcell Dareus, Cameron Jordan and J.J. Watt that play with desire to get to the ball. Wilkerson’s motor doesn’t always run hot. … Did not like the way that he would stand straight up out of his stance then begin his rush. Likes to try to overpower his man with a bull rush. … As mentioned, lined up at defensive end but will also shift inside and play some tackle in the nickel. … Thought that he would make more plays because of his physical makeup but was more disappointed with each snap. See where a team will fall in love with his size but lack of consistency bothers me.