Muhammad Wilkerson

Cameron Jordan to the St. Louis Rams?

While we all assume the Rams are interested in a receiver (most likely Julio Jones) in the 1st round, they really haven’t tipped their hand yet about their intentions.

Personally, I believe Jones will be off the board which will force the Rams to look in a different direction.

Jordan would be a great fit in St. Louis

Considering the wealth of defensive lineman with top-15 grades, it would seem logical that the Rams would target one at No. 14. I currently have them selecting Muhammad Wilkerson in my latest mock draft.

Another possibility which is flying under the radar is Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan. I have Jordan rated as the 4th overall player in this draft class and, while the consensus is that he’s in the 10-20 range, I have feeling I’m not the only one extremely high on him.

The Rams have reportedly schedule a visit with Jordan, one of the few sure-fire 1st-round picks they have been linked to this offseason. There’s no reason for them to feign an interest in Jordan, which leads me to believe they’re genuinely considering him in the 1st round.

While defensive end isn’t a glaring need, it’s possible that they are one of the teams that view him as a top-10 talent. Additionally, he seems to fit their scheme perfectly. In the Billy Devaney era the Rams have targeted true three-down lineman (like Jordan), as opposed to guys who are more pure pass rushers (such as Aldon Smith).

Ultimately I probably will not match the Rams up with Jordan in my final mock draft, but I won’t be at all shocked if he becomes their selection on draft day.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, Rams 1 Comment

Muhammad Wilkerson scouting report

Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 315

Impressive size and strength. Elite athleticism for his size; a star basketball player in high school. Has the tools to play 3-4 end or 4-3 tackle. Shows a good bull rush but also enough athleticism to develop other pass rush moves. Does a nice job getting arms up into passing lanes; uses his height to his advantage in that respect.
Limited experience against top competition; would have benefited from staying in school for another year. Doesn’t hold up as well at the point of attack against the run as you would expect for someone his size.
Wilkerson is a potential 1st round pick but I have some concerns about his ability to make a smooth transition to the NFL. He struggled with double teams and struggled to shed blocks against the run, and that was in the MAC. A player with his raw physical tools should have been more dominant against that level of competition. In the late 2nd or 3rd round he’s well worth the risk, but I suspect someone will fall in love with his potential and take him in the top 50 picks.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off