Monday, April 19, 2010

NFL Draft Preview: Kyle Wilson

We preview the NFL Draft from the perspective of the Green Bay Packers.

For general manager Ted Thompson, it's a laborious process, but obviously one he's passionate about.

As we head down to the final days before the NFL Draft, Thompson and his scouting and evaluation team are going through the process of finalizing the team's draft board and making sure everything is ready to go for Thursday night's first round.

It's never expected that a Thompson-led staff will do much in that first round, as they usually prefer to stay put or move back.

We've spent time over the past week or so looking at draft prospects Green Bay could have their eye on with their first-rounder, No. 23 overall. The general thought is that the Packers will lean defense with this pick, though as I've mentioned a few times, they will stick to their board, meaning they will likely take the best available player, regardless of position.

With that in mind, we bring you another defensive prospect with this post. It's Kyle Wilson, a cornerback from Boise State.

As you can see, Wilson is an all-around player, and possibly a better overall prospect than Florida State's Patrick Robinson. There's a real chance he'll be off the board by the time the Packers come up.

If he's not, Thompson should take a long, hard look at Wilson.

He's a good cover corner, and he has the ability to be a game-breaker as a punt returner, something that the Packers could really use.

If you don't think he's a hitter, watch him destroy TCU quarterback Andy Dalton at the :35 mark of the above video.

His tackling technique in the open field needs work, and he could probably stand to get a little bit stronger.

The talent is there, however, to suggest he'll be a good player for some time in the NFL. The bad news is that it sounds like he's making his way up draft boards, rendering it somewhat unlikely that he'll be around at No. 23, and I don't see Green Bay moving up to get him when they only have eight picks in the draft.

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