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27 May 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State

Photo Courtesy of Seminoles.com

Senior | 6’4″, 311 lbs | Setptember 5, 1998 | Houston, TX

A true run stopping interior lineman with good size, immense strength, and a high motor.

Marvin Wilson returns to Florida State after many had a 1st Round grade on him for the 2020 Draft. Even after missing the final 4 games due to a hand injury, he managed to be named a third-team All-American, first-team All-ACC, and a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award. One of the few shining lights for the Seminoles during their underwhelming 2019, Wilson led all ACC lineman in tackles at the time of his injury, and was one of only 4 lineman in the country with multiple 3.0 TFL games. The former #1 recruit from Texas enters his senior year in Tallahassee with a chance to vault himself into the top 10 picks of the 2021 Draft.

Strengths:

  • Block Shedding
  • Anchor Strength
  • Fighting Reach Blocks
  • Push/Pull
  • Bull Rush
  • Effort
  • Superior athlete for his size
  • Hands up in pass rush

Areas To Improve:

  • High Pad Level: can casue problems when facing double teams
  • Hand Placement: can let them drift outside of opponent
  • Pass Rush Repertoire: almost exclusively power (Bull, Push/Pull)
  • First Step/Explosion
  • Initial Punch
  • Screen Recognition

Injury Concerns:

  • Missed final 4 games of 2019 with hand injury (required surgery)

Way Too Early Projection:

Wilson has the physical tools to dominate, and has increased his production in each season at FSU. With his final season approaching, if he can duplicate or improve upon his 2019 he will be considered one of the top available prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. He plays the majority of his college snaps as a 3-tech/4i, and will fit best in the NFL as a 3-tech Tackle that can slide further inside to a 1-tech/2i Nose Tackle. If he can show improvements as a pass rusher and prove he is more than a two down run stuffer, expect him to go very early in 2020.

What To Watch For:

Expect Wilson to be an unstoppable force in the run game, but expect less production in the passing game. While his pass rush is not terrible, he is not a player that absolutely must be accounted for in pass protection schemes. He flashes shades of brilliance as a pass rusher, but does not display it consistently enough to be kept on the field in obvious passing situations. His ability against the run and limited pass rush is enough to earn him a Day 1 nod, but if he can add to his move set and production as a pass rusher he has a chance to go in the Top 10.

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