2021 NFL Draft Player Preview: Marvin Wilson

  • Marvin Wilson, 6-5/317

  • Defensive Tackle

  • Florida State

  • Marvin Wilson 2020 Preview
    By Charlie Campbell

    Career Recap: Florida State has had a steady tradition since the Bobby Bowden era of producing good NFL defensive line prospects. Wilson could have continued that tradition in the 2020 NFL Draft, but he decided to wait a year, which could lead to him being a higher-rated prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft.

    Wilson established himself in 2018 as the Seminoles best interior lineman. combining with edge rusher Brian Burns to form a nice tandem for Florida State. Wilson had 42 tackles with 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble, two passes batted and 4.5 tackles for a loss that season.

    As a junior, Wilson stayed consistent in the ground game and improved his pass rush despite not having Burns next to him to draw attention. Wilson totaled 44 tackles with five sacks, four passes defended and a forced fumble in 2019.

    2020 Season Outlook: Wilson has a schedule where he will see some quality competition, but plenty of easy opponents in his conference and non-conference slate. The best teams Wilson will take on are Clemson and Florida. He will see a good interior offensive line against Boston College with center Alec Lindstrom and Zion Johnson.

    Skill-Set Summary: From the physical impression to the on-field performance, Wilson passes the test of what a NFL defensive lineman looks like. He has good size with height, length, weight, and strength at the point of attack. Over the past two years, he was a disruptive presence, showing pass-rushing potential, strength to shed blocks, quickness and athleticism. Assuming Wilson stays healthy as a senior, he will enter the next level having served three years as a starter, and he could have plug-and-play starting potential for the NFL.

    In the pass rush, Wilson shows instincts and feel with vision to adjust to the quarterback moving in the pocket. He has good strength to fight through blocks, and his length makes it tough for offensive linemen to sustain their blocks against him. He has some quickness to close and quality athleticism for a big body to redirect to the quarterback. While Wilson is not overwhelmingly fast or powerful, he has a nice combination of speed and strength to get a push upfield. Thanks to his quality motor, Wilson makes some plays off of a second effort and not quitting on the play.

    Wilson is generally stout at the point of attack in the ground game. He uses his size and length to hold his ground with the ability to fight off blocks. Wilson's strength and length accentuate his skill at shedding blocks to flow to the ball. Overall, he does a nice job of holding down his gap and plugging up runs that come downhill at him. With his size and strength, he is dangerous to push his way upfield and cause disruption in the backfield. Wilson is a solid run defender heading into the next level.

    Wilson has some areas for improvement 2020. The senior gets in trouble when he stands up too high, so making sure he maintains leverage will help him to win more, especially in the pass rush. For the next level, Wilson could use a wider repertoire of pass-rushing moves and it would be nice to see him perfect a rip and club move. Wilson is not the first player off the ball, so improving his get-off would also make him more dangerous in the pass rush and as a disruptor in the ground game.

    2021 NFL Draft Expectations: Prior to deciding to return for his senior year, some sources said they had Wilson graded as a second- or third-round pick for the 2020 NFL Draft. If Wilson has a strong season, he could rise to be an opening night pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and if he stays similar to last year, he shouldn't slide lower than Day 2.



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