Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Weight: 194 pounds
40 time: 4.43
An experienced and extremely confident player who was one of the fastest risers in the pre-draft process, Kyle Wilson has seen his stock elevate this offseason from a terrific Senior Bowl in addition to having a great senior year.
A four-year starter and team leader, Wilson has excellent experience at the college level. He was a productive player for Boise State, having recorded 160 tackles, 27 pass breakups, and 11 interceptions over the course of his career with the Broncos. Kyle is also a fantastic returner, having averaged 12.6 yards-per-return on 63 career punt returns; he returned three of them for touchdowns and he also returned two of his three interceptions his senior year for touchdowns.
Wilson is a playmaker with the ball in his hands; he has terrific quickness and agility and his elusiveness and vision in the open field are fantastic. Kyle has smooth, fluid hips with the ability to turn and run with any receiver in the country. He has very good closing speed and I love the recovery speed that he has if he gets beaten on a route. He closes as well as any corner in the draft and he really breaks on the ball.
Wilson’s instincts and intelligence on the field are both fantastic. He has shown that he has great ball skills and body control; when the ball is in the air he understands how to either make a play on it or to shield the receiver away to bat the ball down or force the receiver to break off of his route. Kyle is a tough, physical corner who doesn’t back down from anyone and he’s not afraid to throw his body into the mix, both against the run as well as when he goes up against bigger and stronger receivers
Kyle lacks the height that scouts look for in a prototypical starting cornerback in the NFL. He takes a few too many risks than some scouts would like, however I’m completely fine with it; for as many risks as he takes, he makes just as many plays for your team. His sophomore year, Kyle was suspended for three games for a violation of team rules, so this is something that teams in the NFL will want to look into. I project that Wilson will be drafted in the mid-to-late first round as the first corner off the board after Joe Haden.
Wilson has all of the tools, instincts, intangibles, and talent needed to develop into a starting cornerback in the NFL. I absolutely love the way that he plays with a chip on his shoulder and his confidence and leadership will both help him significantly at the next level. In addition to having the potential and upside to develop into a stud corner in the NFL, Kyle will also be able to help his team as a punt returner on special teams. At the very least, Kyle could be a productive nickel back for the team that drafts him, as well as being a returner.
Notes: Kyle was named second-team All-American as a senior; he was named first-team All-WAC as a junior and senior and was named second-team All-WAC as a sophomore. In high school, Kyle helped lead his team to three-straight State Championships as well as an overall record of 33-3. In addition to playing wide receiver and defensive back in football, Kyle was also a very good runner in track and field as a prep.
Potential is pretty much unlimited when you consider Wilson’s game. He’s athletic and has good speed. He’s not a great tackler, but when evaluating fantasy talent from the DB (or CB) spot, you want ballhawks that can make big plays. Wilson is a hard worker with obvious skills that will help an NFL team right away.
Wilson is the type of player that will be tested in coverage, but has the skills to make things happen. Think Antonio Cromartie or Cortland Finnegan. Dynasty owners that need a CB with potential should call Wilson’s name towards the middle rounds.