Defensive tackle | Clemson | Senior
Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 315 pounds
2018: Started in all 15 games to help Clemson win the College Football Playoff National Championship; recorded 57 total tackles with 15 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick; unanimous All-American as a senior; honored as First-Team All-ACC selection; winner of William V. Campbell Trophy for combined academic and athletic success along with work in the community; finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player), Senior CLASS Award (scholar-athlete), Outland Trophy (best interior lineman), Bednarik Award (best defensive player) and Lombardi Award (best overall player); team captain
Career: Played in 59 career games, tied for the most in program history, and made 45 starts; recorded 250 total tackles 41 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 16 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries; three-time All-American who was a unanimous All-American in 2018; First-Team All-ACC selection as a senior and junior; Second-Team All-ACC selection as a sophomore in 2016; earned All-ACC Academic honors in all four seasons
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Summary: Wilkins was one of the stars of Clemson’s stacked defensive line in recent years, helping the Tigers win a pair of titles over the past three seasons. Known as a leader in the locker room, Wilkins also plays with a high energy, and his motor never stops.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote that Wilkins has the “desired combination of athleticism, production and character with the ability to fit into a stop unit that already has some pieces in place. Wilkins is a slippery, upfield 3-technique with the ability to make plays outside his area. He plays with low pads allowing for optimal disruption leverage in the gaps, but he needs to be paired with an attacking front as he lacks the length and strength to hold his ground as a read-and-react tackle.”
Wilkins’ full scouting report on NFL.com can be found here.
Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has Wilkins ranked as the No. 3 defensive tackle in the 2019 draft. Draft analyst Dane Brugler, who writes for The Athletic and has Wilkins as his fourth defensive tackle prospect. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com is very high on Wilkins, as the draft expert had Wilkins as the fourth overall player on his most-recent list of the Top 50 prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Trio of touchdowns: Wilkins scored three offensive touchdowns in college, including two rushing scores as a senior and a receiving touchdown as a sophomore.