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Christian Wilkins | Defensive Tackle

Team: Clemson Tigers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/20/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 315

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Clemson senior DT Christian Wilkins was awarded the William V. Campbell Trophy.
Wilkins scooping up the so-called "Academic Heisman," here. In a statement, National Football Foundation president and CEO Steve Hatchell -- whose organization is the one bestowing the honor -- referred to the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder as "the perfect example for the next generation to emulate." Upcoming on his docket, Wilkins will be looking to help Clemson complete a successful Playoff run, then onward to the NFL Draft. In his latest top-32 rankings, ESPN's Todd McShay slots the Tigers standout as the No. 13 prospect in the draft-eligible pool. Dec 5 - 11:23 AM
Source: The State

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Philadelphia Eagles reporter Fran Duffy ranks Clemson senior DT Christian Wilkins as the top senior in the 2019 draft class.

Wilkins comes in ahead of Oregon defensive end Jalen Jelks, South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel and Kansas DT Daniel Wise to take the top spot. Wilkins was a surprise return to school after his strong junior season, and it might pay off come draft time. "His athleticism and competitive toughness both pop off the tape," Duffy writes, "and I was happy to see him make the transition inside to tackle last year after playing defensive end earlier in his career." Duffy projects him to be a one-gap player at the next level, and he could be a top 10 selection with a strong senior season for the Tigers.
Sep 3 - 6:58 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler would like to see Clemson senior DT Christian Wilkins better combine his smarts with his athletic skill-set.

"Wilkins is highly intelligent and flexible, but he needs to better use those skills in unison on the field. If he is able to string together pass rush moves and better anticipate blocking angles, Wilkins will see his draft stock ascend this fall," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder posted 60 tackles (9.0 for loss) and 5.5 sacks during his junior campaign. While he still has work to do in his development, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as the best draft prospects on Clemson's loaded roster, but does pass along that in some scouting corners, Wilkins' consistency on a down-in, down-out basis leaves something to be desired. A storyline to monitor for the fall and beyond.
Jul 28 - 3:31 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline grades Clemson senior DT Christian Wilkins as the top prospect on the Clemson roster for 2018.

Pauline gives Wilkins a first-round grade. No surprise there. Pauline also notes that several scouts believe that he's the top prospect to begin the year because of his ability to disrupt in the backfield. He also notes that Wilkins had similar grades last year, and while he was far from a massive disappointment, he certainly wasn't graded that way at the end of the year. "The problem for Wilkins?," Pauline writes. "He doesn’t do it on an every down basis and takes plays off- which will be a talking point leading up to the draft." That will be heavily scrutinized, but the talent is here for Wilkins to be a top 10 pick, maybe even a top five selection.
Jul 27 - 6:00 PM

All four starters on Clemson's vaunted defensive line were named to the preseason All-ACC first team.

Linemen Christian Wilkins, Austin Bryant, Clelin Ferrell and Dexter Lawrence are not alone on this defense in earning first-team recognition, as they're also joined by LB Kendall Joseph. Clemson places a conference-best eight players on the first team, all told. This is just the tip of the iceberg with these defenders, who are going to continue to dominate headlines all the way into the spring, when their NFL futures are determined. Boston College was next up in terms of warm bodies to grace the first team, placing four in RB A.J. Dillon, TE Tommy Sweeney, T Chris Lindstrom and S Lukas Denis. And in a sign of the times, once-mighty Florida State managed just two first-teamers.
Source: The State
Jul 24 - 2:20 PM

Clemson senior DT Christian Wilkins has been working as a substitute teacher this offseason.

A fun little story for your Friday. Wilkins (6'4/300) opted to return to the Tigers in January, rather than jump for the NFL Draft. In addition to prepping up for the 2018 season, the future first-round talent has subbed for classes at both the elementary school and high school levels over the past few months. He described his adventure teaching kindergarten at James M. Brown Elementary School as a "real cool experience," but admitted that it zapped his energy -- children will do that to you -- while comparing himself to Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Kindergarten Cop.' Wilkins posted 55 tackles (8.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks and a quartet of pass breakups during the 2017 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 16 - 6:14 PM

Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins will return to school for the 2018 season.

Clemson had the best defensive line in college football last season. And with Wilkins' decision to return, every member of it is returning to campus in 2018. Wilkins joined First-team All-American DEs Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant in (surprisingly) opting to head back. That terrific trio is joined by manchild DT Dexter Lawrence, who could be the highest-drafted linemen of them all (Lawrence is first eligible to declare for the NFL after the 2018 season). The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Wilkins posted 55 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks and four pass breakups this past season. Assuming good health and another strong season, Wilkins figures to go in Round 1 in the spring of 2019. An NFL scout told NFL.com's Chase Goodbread during the season that Wilkins could be a 10-year All-Pro. ESPN's Mel Kiper deems Wilkins a "Jonathan Allen-type lineman" who could be used as a 3-4 DE or a 4-3 DT in the NFL.
Jan 15 - 5:49 PM

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal's Eric Boynton reports that there is no timetable for Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins' draft decision.

Wilkins (6'4/315) will be announcing either a declaration or his return to school at some point on Monday. If we're to read between the tea leaves -- that he did not announce his return to school at the same time as DEs Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant, LB Kendall Joseph and CB Mark Fields this weekend could be a strong indication that he's going to jump for the draft. He also took part in the program's senior day in the fall, often a sign of moving on. Wilkins is a probable Day 1 selection should he declare.
Jan 15 - 1:49 PM

Clemson junior DL Christian Wilkins will be honored on senior day, but head coach Dabo Swinney says the player hasn't decided on the NFL Draft.

Normally prospects who participate in the recognition are usually headed to the NFL, so we assume Wilkins is on track for the NFL in 2018. In fact, Swinney might just be protecting Wilkins from non-stop questions. Wilkins is a productive interior disruptor.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 11:43:00 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper calls Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins a "Jonathan Allen-type lineman."

"He could be an end in a 3-4 defense or a 3-technique tackle in a 4-3," Kiper wrote. Wilkins ranks No. 10 overall on Kiper's board. As a sophomore, Wilkins had 3.5 sacks and 13 TFL. He bagged 1.5 sacks against Auburn last weekend. Wilkins gets Lamar Jackson and friends at Louisville on Saturday.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 05:10:00 PM

While naming Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins a "riser" after his week-two performance against Auburn on Saturday, NFL Draft Analyst Tony Pauline noted that some scouts view Wilkins as the "top draft prospect in the nation."

Wilkins (6'3/310) was dominant in the victory over Auburn, posting ten tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Pauline said that he looked "explosive, athletic and made a lot of plays in the victory." He also noted that Wilkins "looked winded on occasion, but that was a result of the non-stop motor he displayed." With his strength and speed -- he posted a 4.80 forty time this spring -- it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Clemson star go high come April.
Mon, Sep 11, 2017 07:58:00 PM

Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins is "large, quick and relatively athletic" and "does a lot more than occupy gaps," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"He explodes off the snap, manhandles blockers and makes plays in space," Pauline wrote. The analyst noted that Clemson played Wilkins out of position at defensive end in 2017, a development that "didn’t help Wilkins the NFL prospect," per Pauline," and "mirrored the woes of Malik McDowell at Michigan State." Wilkins is expected to move back inside to defensive tackle this year. "If he’s up to the challenge as I expect, then Wilkins will secure himself as a top-15 selection," Pauline wrote. Wilkins ran a 4.80 forty this spring at 6-foot-2 1/5 and 310 pounds.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 02:21:00 PM

Clemson junior DT Christian Wilkins clocked a 4.80 forty this spring at 6-foot-2 1/5 and 310 pounds.

Wilkins received All-American honors last season with 56 tackles and 13.5 TFL while making the All-ACC Academic Team and helping lead the Tigers to a national title. Be boasts a ridiculous 10-yard split of 1.62 seconds, which easily would have been tops among all 300-plus-pounders at this year’s NFL Combine. In addition, Wilkins bench presses 375 and does 31 reps of 225.
Source: SI
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 02:01:00 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Sweeney says sophomore DE Christian Wilkins "can do it all."

"He can play shade, 3-technique, he can play end. He’ll probably play a little end for us," Sweeney said. "Just a dynamic, dynamic player." You can say that again, coach. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound sophomore defensive lineman posted 33 tackles, 4.5 TFL and two sacks as a rotational DT last season as a true frosh. He was moved to DE in the spring to help replace the production lost when Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd moved on, a luxury Clemson could afford with starting DTs Carlos Watkins and Scott Pagano returning. At his new position, Wilkins is scary. Off the field, he's a sweetie. "Incredibly smart, just a huge personality, a big persona," Swinney said. "I see him as president of Clemson one day. He just brings this energy every single day. He's so comfortable in his own skin."
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, May 31, 2016 09:38:00 PM

Clemson moved sophomore DT Christian Wilkins to defensive end.

Remember the 315-pound monster who punked Oklahoma for a 31-yard fake punt down the sideline in the College Football Playoff semifinal? Yeah, that's the Christian Wilkins the Tigers are moving outside, the five-star freak who will help replace Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd this fall. "Seeing him mentally being able to (play end). ... (Coach Dan) Brooks was a little worried coming into the spring because he knew we were going to challenge him in that regard," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. Wilkins posted 33 tackles, 4.5 TFL and two sacks as a rotational DT last season as a true frosh. Because the Tigers have good depth returning inside, they're banking on Wilkins' athleticism being able to turn him into a jumbo havoc-wreaker on the exterior. "There is a lot to learn, but he has done a really good job," Tigers DC Brent Venables said.
Fri, May 13, 2016 06:35:00 PM