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Matt Wilhelm

LB | (6-3, 245, 4.65) | Ohio State
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played in every game as a true freshman in 1999. Started 11-of-12 games in 2000 and 10 of the 11 he played in '01. Had 66 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception that he returned 25 yards for a score in 2000. Recorded 63-7-1 in '01, when he missed two starts and one game with an ankle injury. Underwent reconstructive surgery on his damaged right ankle in January of '02 and missed spring practice. Started 13-of-14 games, making 121 tackles with 79 solos and 42 assists, 19½ tackles for loss for 49 yards, three sacks for 15 yards, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. Did not have a good showing at the Senior Bowl because he played stiff, tall and didn't show enough agility for a linebacker.

Positives: Good size and speed. Reads keys well. Tough kid who played on an ankle that needed reconstructive surgery. Aggressive and good vs. inside run. Pursues laterally, sifts through trash while staying on his feet. Gives good effort. Good instincts, will hustle and chase and almost relentless in pursuit.

Negatives: Plays stiff, especially in his drops against the pass. Not very good changing directions or eluding blockers. Needs to use his hands better. Takes inconsistent angles to the ball. Lacks explosiveness. Struggles at point of attack and in space taking on stronger and faster players. Not real stout. Needs to improve strength and taking on blockers. Is not very athletic and will struggle in coverage.

Summary: Was a very good college player but his tools will make him only a marginal pro. A team could ask him to add mass and try to make him a defensive end because of his footspeed.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.