Josh Wilson   CB/ST   Maryland

 

STRENGTHS 

By now Im sure youve heard about how fast Josh is or how small in stature he is.  But the truth is, this kid is tough and plays bigger than his size.  He is a good tackler and is a solid cover corner.  He loves a challenge and will stay with the fastest receivers in the NFL with ease.  Josh shows good quickness to go along with his speed and should be a weapon on the return unit of your special teams.  He looks like he is a quality kid and like most players of his stature who are competitive, he plays with that proverbial chip on his shoulder.  This chip is what will make him a better player at the NFL level than he was at the college level.  Because of his speed and passion, Josh has the potential to be an impact player for the team that drafts him.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Most people are going to tell you that he is not quick.  Of course, they are wrong.  He is looking into the backfield way too much and at the wrong times, so it looks like all he has is recovery speed and not quickness.  A good CB coach will get him squared away and then his techniques and so called lack of quickness will be a thing of the past.  I like to see him have better hands and intercept the ball more; I think when he recieves better coaching, he will improve in this area also. 

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 2

Josh has to work on his techniques to improve and he will.  Teams are talking about bigger CBs and looking at the smaller CBs like they have leprosy or some other kind of disease.  This is a big mistake because every team that has to go up against Steve Smith, Santana Moss, Roscoe Parrish, Laveranues Coles, Terry Glenn, Antwaan Randle El, Kevin Curtis or any other small quick and fast WR two times a year needs a Josh Wilson to match up against those players.  Add to that what he may be able to accomplish on special teams and you have drafted yourself a player that by himself, can alter the course of more than three or four games in your division alone.  Josh is not like Devin Hester who is not much of a CB; Josh is going to be a damn good CB and his worth in nickel and dime coverage until he learns the ropes will be enough to make him well worth the draft choice in the first day.  Most teams overlooked Nathan Vasher (CB Chicago Bears) when he came out because of his size and for twenty years, they tried to replace Darrell Green (former CB Washington Redskins) but the fact is, not being tall enough has nothing to do with being able to play at the next level.  If a player has character, intelligence, passion and talent then height is not an issue.  Josh has all of those attributes and he will be an impact player at the next level.  Its just that simple!

Drew Boylhart

February/2007