2021 NFL Draft Profile: Marvin Wilson

Marvin Wilson NFL Draft

Marvin Wilson NFL Draft Profile Overview

Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 305 pounds
School: Florida State University

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2021 NFL Draft: Marvin Wilson Player Profile

Before the 2020 college football season, Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Marvin Wilson was a lock for the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. After a short end to his 2019 season, Wilson wanted to finish his collegiate career strong. Six games into the 2020 College Football season, Wilson suffered another significant leg injury. Fans and NFL scouts wanted to see much more of Wilson and his veteran impact on the Seminoles’ defense. They were expecting him to climb back into the elite category of prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. Instead, injuries and the inconsistencies of the Seminoles program kept him from that title. Wilson is one of the biggest players in this 2021 NFL Draft. He is going to be one of the most underrated prospects in this Draft.

Wilson had a strong sophomore season in 2018 as he accounted for 41 total tackles, 17 solo tackles, four tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks in 12 games. The next season, Wilson stepped up his productivity and efficiency to become an early NFL Draft prospect. In 2019, Wilson accounted for 44 total tackles, 19 solo tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, four pass deflections, and 26 QB hurries. His season was cut short after nine games due to a leg injury. He came back to raise his Draft stock and finish unsettled business in the 2020 season. His production only decreased as another leg injury and team problems slowed Wilson’s potential impact on the field. Wilson only accounted for 17 total tackles, 11 solo tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack in six games. While there is potential, injuries stalled his Draft stock rise.

Strengths

  • Very good motor and push in his pass rush skills;
  • Great hands and usage of separation skills against offensive linemen;
  • He is very slippery for a big guy as he can squeeze through two linemen;
  • Doesn’t get pushed at the line of scrimmage;
  • He is a tough player to beat in the pass rush especially on the outside run;
  • Has surprising speed while getting into the backfield.

Weaknesses

  • Lacks explosiveness at the snap of the football;
  • Often, he is too high in his pass rush settings and tackling process;
  • He has two late significant leg injuries during his career with the Seminoles;
  • Shows a lack of agility and quickness;
  • More of a one-dimensional defensive tackle as he’ll likely play the one-technique;
  • Appears gassed out in games.

NFL Comparisons: Kawann Short

Teams With Needs At The Position: Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Projection: mid-second round

Bottom Line on Marvin Wilson

Less than a decade ago, the Seminoles were consistent builders of NFL-caliber players as they were selected high in the NFL Draft. From 2013 to 2015, the Seminoles had 29 total players, six first-rounders, and seven second-rounders selected in the Draft. From 2016-to-2020, the Seminoles only had 15 total players, first-rounders, and four second-rounders selected in the Draft. The Seminoles have suffered a significant decrease in productivity as a football program. Wilson was the leader of a Seminoles’ defense that is experiencing a huge rebuilding process.

Wilson comes into this 2021 NFL Draft as one of the most complex and interesting defensive tackles. According to Pro Football Focus, Wilson is the 34th ranked overall prospect and second-ranked interior defensive lineman. He will now his remaining NFL Draft process to boost his draft stock with a significant Pro Day and interview process with teams. There is so much potential with Wilson to be a dangerous defensive playmaker in the NFL. He will need the correct team to utilize his impact as a defensive tackle. An NFL team with a 4-3 defensive front will likely be the best situation for Wilson to thrive early and often as a rookie.

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