Christian Wilkins- DT Clemson

6-3, 315, (O) 5.04, 4.55 SS,

32 1/2" Hands, 28 Reps,

8'11" Broad, 29.5" Vert,  

Fighting For Respect. 

By TOM

2018: Wilkins is the real deal. He plays a lot of Nose Tackle, when I don't think he is a nose tackle. He is at his best as a 3-Tech. I don't like the way they used him in their two-gap system. I think he will explode in the NFL in a one-gap system. But he does a great job stacking and shedding, and finding the ball right in the middle of the line. He is also much better at bursting up the middle and hurting the QB than Hurst. 

Alabama 2018: He has a great quick Swim that can get him to the QB before the double. He is so great with size and power, but isn’t given credit for his burst and explosion off the snap. He is truly a freak athlete. He can fight though a couple blocks on short yardage and throw the RB back on his butt. One of the top Scholar Athletes in the country. He is explosive inside. He was the guy teams doubled. Great heavy hands. Great technique. When he stays and plays low he blows things up.

BC: His ability to burst into the backfield and disrupt the QB is going to make him millions in the NFL. Great job stunting inside, and breaking past the OLG. Then smartly diving and tripping the QB for the Sack. Great with speed to power. Great stack and shed player. He is a force with his arms extended. Stout against the run. Then he suddenly explodes upfield and knocks OLs back. 

A&M: Love how he holds off the ORG with one arm, and catches the RB at the LOS with the other. Elite burst into the 3-Gap. He can knock the ORG back into the RB, while being double by the OC. They put him in on the Goalline Offense to block like a FB against A&M, like the Refrigerator. Love the way he slips the ORG, and finds the QB. He might be the best 3-Tech in the Draft.

Terrific job when lined up at 5-tech, and they run to his side. He is the guy A&M doubled when they sent three. Amazing, when they lined him up outside, he can power the ORT back into the QB. Great hustle getting to the WR, after the rush, 10-yards down Field to get in on the tackle. Smart player who can read the offense. He got to the QB more this season. Great blend of balance and power. 

Louisville: Great job grabbing the ORG and dragging him inside to turn him into the bigger DT. Nice job slanting inside, to let the ILB shoot the gap behind him. He really is the heart and soul of Clemson line. He will drop to spy against running QBs. He looks like an NFL NT and 3-Tech. He can play in any scheme. When he plays in balance with his hands and feet he is elite. 

He can two-gap and hold the point. He can one-gap and shoot the gap. Terrific lateral burst in traffic. He can redirect to the RB in a flash. Great at using his feet and hands in combination to shed OLs. He takes great short and quick steps in the rush that allow him to redirect instantly. Great hustle. Great in pursuit. 

Fighting Irish: You cannot run at him. He is a beast inside against the run. He does a great job holding the inside, and snagging the sack when the outside guys force the QB to take off. Great balance and power. Great leader. Great student athlete. Great personality. Great team player. He has the great character that all teams need behind the scenes. But most importantly he stays on the field. He has not missed a game do to injury so far in his career at Clemson.  

S. Carolina: They like to hand him the ball on the goal line, and I don’t know if it is funny or stupid. It cl arly looked stupid on his first run against S. Carolina. However, it was funny on his second run when he scored the TD. Although he did leap into the Endzone and got flipped over on his head. 

I love when he lines up at 5-Tech, outside the ORT, and runs around the ORT like Anthony Bryant, and hits the QB. He is a phenomenal athlete. Guys with his size and power, just aren’t suppose to move like that. 

Duke: Amazing athlete. They will line him up in odd fronts. He can swing around the ORT and sack the QB. Guys with his size and strength should not be able to move like that. He made more and more plays as the season went along. He continued to get better. That is important, because none of these guys are really ready for the NFL. When he gets doubled and trapped in front of the QB, he does a great job timing his leap. When the QB pulls the ball back, he gets his big mitt up to slap the pass down.

2018: First William V. Campbell Trophy winner in Clemson history … NFF National Scholar-Athlete selection … Nagurski Trophy finalist … Senior CLASS Award finalist … Outland Trophy finalist … Bednarik Award finalist … Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist … Lombardi Award finalist … unanimous first-team All-American, earning selections by AP, AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp and Sporting News … fifth unanimous All-American in school history, joining Gaines Adams, Da’Quan Bowers, Terry Kinard and C.J. Spiller … fourth player in school history to earn first-team All-America status in three different seasons, joining middle guard William Perry (1982-84), LB Anthony Simmons (1995-97) and WR Sammy Watkins (2011-13) … first-team All-ACC … unanimous first-team AP All-ACC selection … CoSIDA Academic All-District selection … earned fourth career All-ACC Academic selection, joining Dalton Freeman (2009-12) as the only Clemson players to be placed on the team four times … voted as a permanent team captain … credited with 57 tackles (15.0 for loss), 6.0 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two rushing touchdowns in 621 combined offensive and defensive snaps over 15 games (all starts).

Wilkins Vs Louisville 2017:

Great job holding up the ORG as he powers down the line to get in front of the RB and takes him down. Amazing how he can split the double team at the point, and knock the RB down. Terrific stack and shed player when they run at him. He will fake up field and little, and then drop, and pick up the TE crossing. Great power crashing the double team back with his initial impact.

He always seems to get in on tackles when they run to his side. When he hits a QB in the gut with his pads, he can make him wobbly. Understands his assignment, and did a good job protecting the edge against Lamarr Jackson when they asked him. 

Louisville Tripled him in some rushes. They will often only send three rushers. He chased Lamarr Jackson around the pocket for about seven seconds on one rush, and finally dragged him down after he bounced off about four other guys. He has that knack for bringing down the quarterback.

 Wilkins Vs FLA ST 2017:

He will line up as a Base D-End sometimes. Nice job getting inside. They like to two gap him too much. He is at his best when he can blast off, use his hands, and attack. He has such great hands in the rush. When he blasts off and takes the OL's shoulder and uses his hands he gets to the ball carrier. He likes to extend his arms and peak into the backfield a little too much. 

He can shoot the gap, and hold onto the OC and ORG, and force the RB to bounce to the other side. Nice job getting his hands up on the OC and sliding across the line on the zone run. They like to go into a lot of odd fronts, with Bryant standing up outside of him, and he will line up outside the ORG, and shot that gap. 

He can zone drop, and spy the QB. He actually has very quick feet moving backwards. Nice job driving the OG back into the QB. When his heavy hands strike first he gets to the QB fast. 

Wilkins Vs Alabama 2017:

He has a good knack for reaching out and knocking the ball down. Great job at 3-Tech attacking across the line and making the tackle of the RB, on the other side of the line. I don't like how Clemson uses him sometimes in their Odd front. He makes the big plays in line when he can just attack up field. I don't like him at NT at all. But he is impressive at 3-Tech.

He will zone drop sometimes, and more spy than cover. When the QB (Hurts) took off outside he sprinted out to the flat to stay in front of him and jumped up to try and knock the pass down. Nice job shedding the ORG, and getting to the RB on the Dive. Great hands and instincts. He is a smart player. Great eyes in the chaos in the middle of the line. It is very difficult to fool him. 

He is blowing up running games in the second half of the season. He is getting to the QB more as well. He controls the middle as well as any DT in college. Amazing how he can split the double team at the point, and knock the RB down. Terrific stack and shed player when they run at him. He will fake up field and little, and then drop, and pick up the TE crossing (Seeing a big DT covering the TE is a little weird;). 

He can swim past the OC, and shove off the ORG, and chase down the QB he scared out of the pocket. I love how he moves through blockers inside. He has a great re-burst laterally to get the QB when he scares him out of the pocket. He finds the ball between the tackles as well as anyone. Great power crashing the double team back with his initial impact.

Terrific explosion upfield to take a swipe at the pass to the WR out in the flat. He can split two blocker, and force the QB to throw it early, and leap up as the RB chip blocks on him. He takes on more blockers than any of the other Clemson DLs. I think that says it all. 

Wilkins Vs Alabama 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc9rDjJsKeU

Wilkins' Official Bio:

Overview: Concluded a stellar four-year career as one of Clemson’s most decorated and most beloved figures … completed career with 250 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 56 quarterback pressures, 16 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 2,441 snaps over 59 games (45 starts) … three-time All-American who became the fifth unanimous All-American in school history in 2018 … three-time All-ACC selection and the second four-time All-ACC Academic selection in school history … his 59 career games are tied with tight end Cannon Smith for the most in school history … versatile contributor who played at both defensive tackle and defensive end throughout his career in addition to playing on kick and punt protection … also rushed four times for 13 yards with two rushing touchdowns and caught two passes for 31 yards with a touchdown … entered 2018 ranked as the No. 3 player in the nation in the preseason by Sports Illustrated and No. 13 player by NFL.com … No. 3 defensive tackle in the nation in the preseason by Lindy’s.

2018: First William V. Campbell Trophy winner in Clemson history … NFF National Scholar-Athlete selection … Nagurski Trophy finalist … Senior CLASS Award finalist … Outland Trophy finalist … Bednarik Award finalist … Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist … Lombardi Award finalist … unanimous first-team All-American, earning selections by AP, AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp and Sporting News … fifth unanimous All-American in school history, joining Gaines Adams, Da’Quan Bowers, Terry Kinard and C.J. Spiller … fourth player in school history to earn first-team All-America status in three different seasons, joining middle guard William Perry (1982-84), LB Anthony Simmons (1995-97) and WR Sammy Watkins (2011-13) … first-team All-ACC … unanimous first-team AP All-ACC selection … CoSIDA Academic All-District selection … earned fourth career All-ACC Academic selection, joining Dalton Freeman (2009-12) as the only Clemson players to be placed on the team four times … voted as a permanent team captain … credited with 57 tackles (15.0 for loss), 6.0 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two rushing touchdowns in 621 combined offensive and defensive snaps over 15 games (all starts) … opened season with six tackles, including a sack, vs. Furman, earning team defensive player of the week honors … posted four tackles, including one for loss, at Texas A&M … made two tackles in 18 snaps vs. Georgia Southern … split team defensive player of the week honors against Georgia Tech with five tackles, including two for loss with one sack … contributed two tackles, including one for loss, vs. Syracuse … added four tackles at Wake Forest … made one tackle vs. No. 16 NC State … named team defensive player of the game at Florida State, making three tackles (one for loss) and also scoring on a one-yard touchdown run to become the first Clemson defensive lineman to rush for a touchdown since the advent of the two-platoon system … Posted eight tackles, including three tackles for loss (0.5 sacks) to collect co-defensive player of the game honors in addition to blocking an extra point vs. Louisville … earned first career ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week award after posting five tackles (one for loss) at No. 17 Boston College … posted six tackles, including 1.5 for loss with one sack, vs. Duke … made two tackles including a sack and added his second rushing touchdown of the year vs. South Carolina … recorded four tackles (0.5 for loss) and returned a fumble inside the five-yard line to set up a one-play scoring drive against Pitt … added one tackle (including a half-sack) and passed fullback Chad Diehl (57) for the most career games played in school history as Clemson held No. 3 Notre Dame to three points in the Cotton Bowl … posted four tackles (1.0 for loss, including a half-sack) vs. No. 1 Alabama in the National Championship Game.

2017: Winner of the Willis Award … one of 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy … first-team All-American by AFCA, Rivals and Sporting News … second-team All-American by AP, CBS Sports and Walter Camp … third-team All-American by Sports on Earth … First-Team All-ACC selection … first-team All-ACC by AP … second-team All-ACC by Phil Steele … CoSIDA Academic All-District selection … All-ACC Academic selection … permanent team co-captain … had 53 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback pressures and four pass breakups in 668 snaps over 14 games (14 starts) … had five tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in 62 snaps against No. 13 Auburn on Sept. 9 … had a sack in 44 snaps at No. 14 Louisville on Sept. 16 … had four tackles and two quarterback pressures in 45 snaps against Boston College on Sept. 23; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 47 snaps at No. 12 Virginia Tech on Sept. 30 … had three tackles and two quarterback pressures in 45 snaps against Wake Forest on Oct. 7 … had three tackles and 0.5 sacks in 79 snaps at Syracuse on Oct. 13 … had five tackles and a tackle for loss in 35 snaps against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had five tackles and a pass breakup in 76 snaps at No. 20 NC State on Nov. 4 … had seven tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack in 53 snaps against Florida State on Nov. 11; named team co-defensive player-of-the-game … had two tackles, two quarterback pressures and a pass breakup in 38 snaps at South Carolina on Nov. 25 … had a team-tying-high seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and two pass breakups in 31 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2 … had six tackles in 66 snaps against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.

2016: Nagurski Trophy finalist … Bednarik Award semifinalist … first-team All-American by AFCA, Football Writers Association and Phil Steele … second-team All-American by SB Nation, Sporting News, USA Today and Walter Camp … third-team All-American by the Associated Press … second-team All-ACC (media, coaches) … All-ACC Academic Team selection … posted 56 tackles, 13 for loss and 3.5 sacks in 706 snaps over 15 games (15 starts) … also had 20 quarterback pressures … established Clemson record by a defensive end with 10 passes broken up … started in place of Austin Bryant at Auburn and responded with 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup … defensive player of the game by the coaches … had six tackles and two pass breakups against Troy, while recording a touchdown reception out of the Tigers’ jumbo package … first defensive lineman in Clemson history to score a touchdown out of an offensive formation … had three-yard sack against SC State … posted tackle for loss at Georgia Tech and was big reason the Tigers held Yellow Jackets to just 124 total yards … posted a tackle for loss and pass breakup in win over No. 3 Louisville … returned successfully to his home state in the 56-10 win at Boston College; he tallied eight tackles, including two for loss and a sack, in front of over 100 family and friends … blocked a field goal and converted a fake punt for a first down with a 10-yard rush in win over NC State … had 1.5 tackles for loss at Florida State … had a tackle for loss in 39 snaps at Wake Forest … had two pass breakups in win over South Carolina … had a tackle for loss and recovered fumble against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl … posted two pass breakups and three pressures against Alabama in the National Championship Game.

2015: First-team freshman All-American by CampusInsiders.com, Football Writers Association, Scout.com and Sporting News … All-ACC Academic Team selection … had 84 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 453 snaps over 15 games (one start) … had 12 quarterback pressures and a caused fumble … posted six tackles (one for loss) in his debut against Wofford … his eight tackles included one behind the line of scrimmage against Appalachian State … had 10 tackles at Louisville … had five tackles, a sack and caused fumble in win over No. 6 Notre Dame … had seven tackles and three pressures against Georgia Tech … had seven tackles, including 0.5 for loss against Boston College … had eight stops in win over Florida State … notched second career sack against Wake Forest … posted two stops and a pressure against North Carolina … made a splash in the Capital One Orange Bowl by becoming Clemson’s first defensive lineman in history to catch a pass when he hauled in a 31-yard reception on a fake punt to give the Tigers a spark in the opening half … finished with 10 tackles against the Sooners in just 35 snaps.

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