Future Watch: Christian Wilkins Rookie Football Cards, Dolphins – Christian Wilkins was drafted by the Miami Dolphins with the 13th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Massachusetts native was a superstar in high school. While playing for Framingham, in 35 games he had 253 tackles and 28.5 sacks!
The 6-3, over 300-pound tackle, decided to attend Clemson University. As a freshman in 2015, he played in 11 games and had two sacks and 33 tackles, 4.5 of them were for a loss. It was a good start.
In 2016, he played in 15 games, had 3.5 sacks and 48 tackles, 13 of them for a loss. He deflected nine passes and recovered two fumbles. He was voted First-Team All-American and he won the National Championship. He was up for the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defender but didn’t win that.
In 2017, this force of nature had 60 tackles, nine for losses. He had five sacks and four passes defended. He was an All-American once again.
In 2018, he had 51 tackles, 14 of them for a loss, adding 5.5 sacks, two passes defended, 1 forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He was a unanimous All-American and won his second National Championship.
At the NFL Combine, he ran a 5.04 in the 40-yard dash. His 28 reps on the weight bench got him a guaranteed spot in the middle of the first round for sure.
Here he is mic’d up:
Wilkins played in all 16 games for the Miami Dolphins. He had 56 combined tackles; 30 were solo and he added two sacks and two passes defended. He was ejected from a game. He is on every teams’ radar and he could be a real star in the league. He might not be a sack-master, but he sure as hell could be a great run stopper.
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