Damien Wilson

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Damien Wilson
No. 54 – Kansas City Chiefs
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1993-05-28) May 28, 1993 (age 25)
Gloster, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Amite County
(Liberty, Mississippi)
College:Minnesota
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 127
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:121
Sacks:2.5
Forced fumbles:1
Pass deflections:2
Interceptions:0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Damien Wilson (born May 28, 1993) is an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Minnesota.

Early years[edit]

Wilson attended Amite County High School in Liberty, Mississippi, where he was a teammate of Gabe Jackson. He accepted a scholarship from Alcorn State University, but transferred to Jones County Junior College after his freshman season.

As a sophomore safety he was named the Region 23 Defensive MVP, after ranking fourth in the nation with 122 tackles (6 for loss), 2 sacks and 2 passes defensed. As a sophomore, he registered 119 tackles (10.5 for loss).[1] At the end of the year, he transferred to the University of Minnesota.[2]

As a junior, he was converted to linebacker, finishing with 12 starts, 78 tackles (second on the team), one sack and 5.5 tackles-for-loss. In his last year he registered 12 starts, 119 tackles (led team), 4 sacks (tied for team lead), 10.5 tackles-for-loss (led the team), one interception, 3 passes defensed, one forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 in
(1.83 m)
245 lb
(111 kg)
33 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
4.77 s 1.65 s 2.76 s 4.20 s 7.21 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
22 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys selected Wilson in the fourth round (127th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[5] He was the 13th linebacker selected in 2015.

On May 28, 2015, the Dallas Cowboys signed Wilson to a four-year, $2.74 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $466,315.[6]

As Anthony Hitchens did before him, the coaches decided to make Wilson learn all three linebacker positions in training camp. On special teams he tied for the team lead in tackles (9) with Kyle Wilber and Jeff Heath. As a rookie, he didn't have much impact on defense, registering only 16 tackles. Against the New Orleans Saints, he saw extensive play and performed well until replacing an injured Andrew Gachkar in overtime, when he allowed C. J. Spiller to come free for an 80-yard touchdown reception to win the game 26-20.[7] He played the season mostly on special teams and finished tied for the team lead with 9 tackles.

In 2016, he suffered a serious offseason injury on his right eye while playing paintball, missing the first two weeks of training camp after being placed on the non-football injury list.[8] In week 6 of the season, he passed Kyle Wilber on the depth chart and went on to start 5 games at strong-side linebacker. He posted 35 tackles (4 for loss).[9]

In 2017, he began the season as the backup at strongside linebacker, before passing Wilber on the depth chart in the seventh game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He tallied 39 tackles (eleventh on the team), 5 quarterback hurries, one sack and 7 special teams tackles (sixth on the team).

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On March 14, 2019, Wilson signed a two-year, $5.75 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.[10]

Personal life[edit]

On July 4, 2017, Wilson was arrested at Toyota Stadium on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, during an Independence Day celebration. He was released hours later by Frisco PD on a $10,000 bond for each count.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Damien Wilson's path to Cowboys a long one". Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Fuller, Marcus R. (September 17, 2014). "Gophers football: LB Damien Wilson has NFL chops". TwinCities.com. Pioneer Press. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Tomasson, Chris (February 21, 2015). "Linebacker Damien Wilson turns to Gophers teammates for NFL combine boost". TwinCities.com. Pioneer Press. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Damien Wilson". NFLdraftscout.com. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Cowboys draft LB Damien Wilson in the fourth round". Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "Spotrac.com: Damien Wilson contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "Cowboys beaten more ways than one against Saints". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "Damien Wilson feels 'blessed' he didn't lose right eye in paintball accident". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  9. ^ "Wilson Showed Promise As Strong Side Linebacker". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Chiefs Sign LB Damien Wilson". Chiefs.com. March 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "Cowboys' Damien Wilson charged with aggravated assault with deadly weapon". Retrieved July 5, 2017.

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