2011 NFL Pro Days: Temple Defensive End Muhammad Wilkerson And the 2011 NFL Draft

Today's 2011 NFL Pro Days are rather quiet as we have a variety of small schools taking the field across the country. Today's NFL Pro Days consist of Arkansas State, Indiana State, New Mexico State, Northwestern State (LA), Temple, and Virginia Union. There's not a lot of talent in the pool of players today, but the Temple Owls have an intriguing player the 49ers might have some interest in.

Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is a guy who could potentially be a long terms solution at left defensive end. Scouts Inc lists him as a defensive end but it sounds like he could work as either a 3-4 defensive end or a 4-3 defensive tackle. Scouts Inc ranks him as the fifth best defensive end, Mocking the Draft only ranks him as a defensive tackle (No. 6), and Draft Tek ranks him as the fifth best 3-4 defensive end. He weighed in at 315 pounds and according to Scouts Inc he could add some bulk if necessary. They say he brings quality effort play-to-play and seem to like his ability both in the pass rush and against the run:

Pass: Consistently fires off the ball and gets into the pads of OL. Strong at point of attack. Can stack and shed as well as any five-technique in this class. Has great size with good lower-body strength and excellent upper body power. Can anchor versus the run but is also very adept at finding the ball, disengaging, pursuing and making the play.

Run: Power rusher. Will stand up OL and can bull rush him back into the QB. Finds the ball faster than most five-technique's, shows ability to shed quickly and has adequate-to-good closing burst for a 300-pound DL.

Wilkerson is projected anywhere from the middle of the first round to early in the second round. Is this a guy who the 49ers grab if he slips? Or is he worth a move up? I don't think the 49ers make a trade to grab a defensive end given other needs, but this kind of talent is impressive.

PRO DAYS
DATE SCHOOLS
03/03/2011 Baylor, FAU, Tulane, Utah State
03/04/2011 Alabama State, Albany State, Lindenwood, Troy, Weber State
03/07/2011 Arkansas Tech, Central Arkansas, Rhode Island, Tuskegee
03/08/2011 Alabama A&M, Arkansas, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Auburn, Fordham, Liberty, Minnesota, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Prairie View A&M
03/09/2011 Alabama, BYU, California-Davis, California, Clark-Atlanta, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Mississippi State, Nebraska-Omaha, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Rutgers, West Georgia, Wisconsin, UTEP
03/10/2011 Akron, Buffalo, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Texas Tech, West Texas, Wofford
03/11/2011 Eastern Illinois, Idaho, Jackson State,  North Texas, Ohio State, Oregon State, Purdue, Southern Miss, TCU, Tennessee
03/12/2011 Arizona
03/14/2011 Air Force, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, LSU, Montana, Newberry, Wake Forest, Widener
03/15/2011 Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Emporia State, Florida, Kansas State, McNeese State, Montana State, Pittsburgh, Robert Morris, Southeast Louisiana, Towson
03/16/2011 Arkansas-Monticello, Bowie State, California (PA), Delaware, Florida A&M, Illinois, Indiana, James Madison, Louisian-Monroe, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Union, William & Mary
03/17/2011 Appalachian State, Grambling State, Lehigh, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Missouri, North Alabama, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
03/18/2011 Arkansas State, Indiana State, New Mexico State, Northwestern State (LA), Temple, Virginia Union
03/21/2011 Abilene Christian, Georgia Southern, Iowa, North Dakota State, Valdosta State
03/22/2011 Iowa State, Mississippi, Nevada, South Dakota State
03/23/2011 Boston College, Central Florida, Connecticut, East Carolina, Iowa State, North Carolina State, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Texas State
03/24/2011 Boise State, Maine, Middle Tennessee State, UNLV, New Hampshire, New Mexico, San Diego State, South Florida, Southern Illinois, Tennessee State, Western Kentucky
03/25/2011 Arizona State, Ball State, Wofford
03/28/2011 Central Missouri, Cincinnati, Citadel, Missouri Western, Northwest Missouri State, Rice
03/29/2011 Coastal Carolina, Texas, UCLA, Utah
03/30/2011 New Mexico State, North Carolina Central, Northern Iowa, Southern California, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Washington
03/31/2011 North Carolina, Stephen F. Austin
04/01/2011 Eastern Washington
04/04/2011 Southern Methodist
04/07/2011 Jacksonville State, Notre Dame
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