Eagles to meet with Clemson DT Christian Wilkins at Combine
On Saturday, Clemson DT Christian Wilkins noted that he had a meeting scheduled with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Clemson DT Christian Wilkins said he’s meeting with the #Eagles tonight. he also started his presser by saying, “happy Saturday”
— Daniel Gallen (@danieljtgallen) March 2, 2019
Anyone that I’ve spoken to about the draft recently, will know there’s one prospect that my attention has shifted to since DT Jeffrey Simmons went down with an ACL injury. That man is Clemson defensive tackle, Christian Wilkins.
The Eagles have invested heavily in their defensive line, whether it’s bringing in guys via trade, veteran free agents, or via the draft, the Eagles have dedicated a healthy percentage of their cap to the defensive front.
How He fits
What you like about Wilkins is his ability to fit right in with what the Eagles are looking for in a defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox. What you also like is that he comes at a cheaper price then paying Timmy Jernigan’s cap for 2019. With Cox’s hefty cap hit, the object is to get younger and cheaper at the position. Wilkins overall skill-set should help him be a plug-and-play starter from day one.
The Clemson DT has versatility across the front, showing he can be disruptive force, with a nose for the football against the run. Against the pass, Wilkins showcased his first-step quickness and the ability to be a technician against his opponents.
Christian Wilkins is the definition of a 'woah wow' player. He'll get washed out of the gap on one play and then wow you with his athleticism the very next one. pic.twitter.com/L455Yqammt
— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) January 28, 2019
Last but not least, the Birds would get a solid leader in the locker room. Wilkins could have left last season for the NFL, but decided to come back for his senior season to help Clemson win a National Title. Wilkins is the type of player that coaches lean on to create the culture of their locker room.
If you ask me, I’d be perfectly happy with Wilkins at No.25 come April.
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