2019 #13 Miami Dolphins – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Christian Wilkins (Clemson) takes the stage prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville.Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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OUTLOOK: It is not often that a player is voted a Freshman All-American and a year later is asked to switch positions but that is precisely what the Clemson Tigers did with Wilkins, a testament not only to his unique talent but the remarkable depth which led the team to playoff berths each of his four seasons on campus, not to mention national championships two of the past three seasons. The footwork that makes Wilkins such a unique defensive tackle dates back to his days on the basketball court. Besides starring on the gridiron, Wilkins was a four-year letterman in basketball who averaged 19.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game as a junior. Wilkins signed with Clemson as one of the more highly regarded prep prospects in the country and immediately lived up to his billing, recording an eye-popping 84 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and two sacks despite only starting one of 15 games as a true freshman. Wilkins slid outside to defensive end in 2016, recording 13 tackles for loss and three sacks while leading the Tigers with 20 quarterback hurries. He also set a new school record for defensive ends with 10 passes broken up, again earning All-American. Despite being moved back inside and emerging as the focus of most opponents' blocking schemes in 2017. A proven standout as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive lineman inside and out (and even as a stand-up edge rusher), Wilkins will generate early first round interest from clubs regardless of their scheme. He projects best as a classic three-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 alignment but has proven his ability to play multiple roles.

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