NEW YORK, NY (WTAQ) - With their final pick in the 2010 NFL Draft (230th overall), the Green Bay Packers selected East Carolina defensive end C.J. Wilson.
The 6'3" 290 pound Wilson was named Conference USA's Defensive MVP as a senior, racking up 57 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He returned a blocked extra point against Southern Miss to help the team get back to the Conference USA championship game, where it beat Houston.
Hardly a one-year wonder, Wilson came on to start seven games as a true freshman (he put off enrolling until the 2006 spring semester to meet academic requirements) with four sacks. As a sophomore he forced his way into the starting lineup after a few games, earning second-team All Conference USA with seven sacks. Wilson had 70 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in 2008 to earn first-team all-conference accolades.
According to the NFL.com scouting report, Wilson has been a durable active defender for the Pirates over the past two seasons. He has good edge quickness and speed to close to the quarterback as a pass rusher. He is an instinctive player who feels pad pressure well to maintain his gap responsibility. Questions remain about his ability to be an effective coverage defender on zone blitzes or if he can project to outside linebacker due to his lack of great lateral agility and quickness. Wilson should be able to give a team good depth with his natural strength, toughness and intangibles as a 4-3 defensive end.