Muhammad Wilkerson

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Muhammad Wilkerson
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Muhammad Wilkerson signing autographs at the NY Jets Draft Party in the locker room of MetLife Stadium on April 25, 2013.
No. 96     New York Jets
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-10-22) October 22, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth: Linden, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school: Linden (NJ)
College: Temple
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Debuted in 2011 for the New York Jets
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 182
Quarterback sacks 18.5
Forced fumbles 6
Interceptions 1
Stats at NFL.com

Muhammad Wilkerson (born October 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jets in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football for Temple.

Early years[edit]

Wilkerson attended Linden High School in his hometown of Linden, New Jersey. He recorded 78 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble along with one fumble recovery in his senior season.[1] He was named to the All-Wachtung Conference first-team in his junior season.[1] He was selected to the Home News Tribune all-area first-team and Newark Star Ledger all-Union County second-team.[1] He also helped lead Linden to state titles during his junior and senior years in basketball.[2]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Muhammad Wilkerson
Defensive tackle
Linden, New Jersey Linden High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 255 lb (116 kg) -- Feb 5, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR (DE)   Rivals: NR (DE), NR (NJ)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

After high school, Wilkerson spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy. He subsequently enrolled at Temple University, where he played for the Temple Owls football team.[2] As a freshman at Temple in 2008, Wilkerson played in 11 games and recorded 13 tackles and a sack. As a sophomore in 2009 he started all 13 games and recorded 58 tackles and six sacks.

As a junior in 2010 Wilkerson recorded 68 tackles and 10 sacks.[3] Following his junior season, he was named to the first-team All-MAC selection and the team defensive MVP.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in 315 lb 35¼ in 10 in 4.96 s 1.73 s 2.78 s 4.59 s 7.31 s 26 in 8 ft 10 in 27 reps N/A
All values from NFL Combine.[4][5]

Wilkerson was initially what analysts termed "a sleeper selection"; however, following positive results at the NFL Combine and at Temple's Pro Day session, Wilkerson's draft stock rose significantly.[6] He became regarded as a versatile prospect whom NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock compared to Trevor Pryce, concluding that Wilkerson was a first round prospect.[6][7][8]

New York Jets[edit]

Wilkerson was drafted by the New York Jets with the thirtieth overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft.[9] He was the fourth Temple player to be drafted by the Jets, preceding Mike Stromberg, Joe Klecko and Dave Yovanovits.[10] He also became the Owls' highest draft pick since Paul Palmer, who was selected nineteenth overall in the 1987 NFL Draft.[11] Head coach Rex Ryan reiterated Wilkerson possesses similar attributes to Trevor Pryce.[10] Wilkerson signed a four-year, $7.4 million contract on July 31, 2011.[12]

Wilkerson recorded his first career sack on September 18, 2011, sacking Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown in the end zone for a safety.[13] Wilkerson finished the 2013 season with a combined 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 2 FF, and an int. For his outstanding play, he was selected as a first alternate for the 2013 pro bowl.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Temple Profile". owlsports.com. 
  2. ^ a b c Former Linden High star Muhammad Wilkerson likely to be first New Jerseyan selected in 2011 NFL Draft NJ.com, April 25, 2011
  3. ^ ESPN.com stats
  4. ^ "Muhammad Wilkerson". NFL Draft Scout. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Muhammad Wilkerson". National Football League. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Wilson, Aaron (March 21, 2011). "Temple DL Muhammad Wilkerson to work out for Ravens, Chiefs this week". National Football Post. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Defensive players lead the way on list of top 32 prospects". National Football League. March 11, 2011. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ Cimini, Rich (April 15, 2011). "Wilkerson taking long trip to NFL draft". ESPN. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Cimini, Rich (April 29, 2011). "Jets go safe route with Wilkerson". ESPN. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Associated Press (April 29, 2011). "Jets select Temple DL Wilkerson at No. 30". ESPN. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ Pompey, Keith (April 29, 2011). "Jets take Temple's Wilkerson in first round". Philly.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ Cimini, Rich (July 31, 2011). "Jets officially sign Santonio Holmes". ESPN. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ Associated Press (September 18, 2011). "Sanchez, defense lead Jets past Jaguars, 32-3". New York Post. Archived from the original on September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 

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