Time to Recognize Muhammad Wilkerson as an Elite 3-4 Defensive End

October 2, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

At this point, the "mo' money for Mo Wilkerson" jokes have gotten tired. There's nothing funny about New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson's talent level, or the fact that he's still not recognized in the light that he should be recognized: as one of the best players at his position in the entire NFL.
His position is one of the less glamorous in football. As a 5-technique defensive end in the Jets' 3-4 scheme, Wilkerson's primary responsibility is to stuff the run. Instead of charging hard into the backfield, he must hold his own at the line of scrimmage. Instead of being responsible for one gap, and having free reign to destroy that gap as he pleases, he is in charge of two gaps and must be able to make a play in either one.
As a 6'4", 315-pound lineman, Wilkerson is a perfect fit for that style of play. His size and length make him hard to move off the line of scrimmage, as evidenced by his 10 stuffed runs, currently third-most among 3-4 defensive ends through thre...

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