OC KHALIL WILKES, STANFORD

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6’3” – 286 lbs. – 5.15e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 6 GP / 0 GS (OC)
2011: 4 GP / 0 GS
2012: 14 GP / 12 GS (LG)
2013: (OC)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then appeared in a reserve capacity in ten games over the following two seasons. Started at left guard in 2012, then transitioned to center in 2013 following former left tackle David Yankey’s slide inside, earning second-team all-conference honors at the pivot.

POSITIVES:

•    Will graduate having started over each of the past two seasons for a premier program.
•    Versatility, having started for one season at left guard and one at center, adds to value.
•    Height is adequate for the position, looks like he may be a bit thicker than listed weight.
•    Time spent in Stanford’s man blocking scheme will help answer questions about size.
•    Anchors pretty well, especially given that he’s considered a bit smaller than average.
•    Works hard to sustain blocks, exhibits a strong grip and will play through the whistle.
•    Has been asked to pull and get out in front for screens; does an adequate job there.
•    Awareness in pass protection looks sound, consistently identifies someone to block.
•    Regarded as one of the funniest players in Stanford’s locker room, should fit in well.

NEGATIVES:

•    Is undersized for a pro center, even more undersized for a potential guard conversion.
•    Capable of getting to the second level but isn’t very mobile for an player well under 300.
•    Not someone who drives defenders back on rushing downs, more of a wall-off blocker.
•    Hands tend to get outside a little too frequently, could be called for holding fairly often.
•    Initial punch has little to no effectiveness at disrupting opponents; must add strength.
•    Ends up on the ground more often than he should, usually because of balance issues.
•    Killer instinct isn’t really there, or at least doesn’t usually have an opportunity to finish.
•    Hasn’t been asked to pull much in the run game, fairly simple blocking assignments.

SUMMARY:

A two-year starter who lacks ideal size but nonetheless functioned as a consistent pass protector and adequate run blocker, Wilkes’ versatility and time spent playing at one of the most prestigious college football programs over the past couple of seasons should earn him some consideration from pro teams, as he works hard to sustain blocks and should be able to ease concerns about his schematic versatility by virtue of having played in a power blocking scheme during his college career. At this point, his lack of bulk may suggest a zone-blocking candidate, but actually he seems a safer bet as a developmental inline reserve who may benefit from a pro strength program, although his build may already lack substantial room for growth.

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