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Dolphins Select Wilkins With The 13th Pick

Josh Ciganek



Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

With the 13th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins select Christian Wilkins, a defensive tackle from Clemson. Wilkins is expected to fill a major hole in the Dolphins’ defensive line that has yet to be filled since the departure of Ndamukong Suh last season.

Wilkins was part of both National Championship winning teams that Clemson produced in 2016 and 2018. During the 2016 campaign, Wilkins set the school record for pass breakups by a defensive lineman with 10 pass breakups.

He became a permanent captain in 2017 where he recorded a 53 tackle season, accruing 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on the year. He made the adjustment to the inside position smoothly during the offseason and consistently caused trouble in the middle of offensive lines across the nation.

Here’s what had to say about Wilkins:

“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 three-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. He’s busy and agile as a rusher, which could keep him on the field for more snaps.”

Wilkins capped off his senior season at Clemson with a second National Championship, first-team AP All-American honors, and first-team All-ACC honors after recording 57 tackles, 15 for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles.

As Wilkins is expected to start almost immediately, he will likely vie for positioning with current defensive tackles Davon Godchaux and Akeem Spence. He also has some experience as a base defensive end so the amount of versatility that Wilkins can provide for this defense is immense.

Josh Ciganek is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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