DT Marvin Wilson, Florida St. (6’5”, 305)

Background:

Five-star recruit who rotated in lightly over twelve games as a freshman, then started five of twelve games the next year, finishing with a line of 41-4.0-3.5. Started nine games before sustaining a season-ending injury as a junior, and started five of six games as a senior before sustaining another injury, posting 44-8.5-5.0 as a junior and 17-2.0-1.0 as a senior.

Positives:

Tall, very thickly-built defensive lineman who should meet the size requirements for any team. Tended to line up as a five-technique end on one end of the Seminoles’ three-man lines, but would kick inside and play as the left defensive tackle when the team went with four down linemen. Comes out of his stance pretty low and with some explosiveness; looks pretty athletic in a straight line. Capable two-gapper. Has very good lower-body strength to anchor at the line of scrimmage; capable of eating double-teams. Active with his hands, showing a swim move that could be viable at the next level. Flashes the ability to get a hold of an opponent’s pads and sling them to the ground. Able to facilitate for teammates in the passing game by drawing double-teams. Overall motor/work rate looks good, playing with aggressiveness. Prolific kick-blocker at the college level, so he should have some special-teams value.

Negatives:

Wasn’t able to replicate his junior-season effectiveness last year. Plays a relatively limited number of snaps. Length looks like it might be on the lower end for a player of his size. Minimal value for a one-gap scheme. Issues with balance crop up a little bit too often. Needs to be more consistent about keeping his shoulders square. Doesn’t get quite as much drive with his bull rush as you’d think. Range is very limited; more of a space-eater/block-eater than someone who flows down the line effectively. Can create some pressure but will struggle to chase down quarterbacks who flee the pocket. Sustained two season-ending injuries in back-to-back seasons, so medical evaluations will be an important part of determining his draft stock. Reportedly didn’t perform well at the Combine.

Summary:

A little bit of a throwback player to the times when teams sought big, powerful run stuffers who could two-gap, eat blocks, and create for teammates. Appears to have some real value in that capacity, particularly because he’s more active with his hands and plays with more aggression than is typical for those types of guys. However, as the league shifts toward smaller, more athletic options, might seem like a little bit of a dinosaur to some teams. Has the talent to work himself into a two-gap defensive line rotation as a run-stuffing specialist.

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