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National Football League Draft Profile
Martez Wilson

TeamNew Orleans (WAS)
Round3
Selection8 (72 overall)
PositionLinebacker
SchoolIllinois
YearJR
Born9/21/1988
Height6-4
Weight252
High SchoolSimeon (Chicago, Illinois)
2010 First Team All-Big Ten Conference selection...2010 Butkus Award Watch List...2007 Honorable Mention Freshman All-American...Highly recruited out of high school, played in all 13 games as a freshman in 2007...Ranked 14th in Big Ten in tackles per game in 2008 (6.6)...Suffered herniated disc in season-opener in 2009 and missed remainder of the season...Returned with vigor in 2010, leading Illinois and ranking fourth in the conference with 112 tackles, including 11.5 TFLs and four sacks...Top-level athlete...Lacks natural instincts but compensates with excellent recovery speed...Superior length...Avoids blocks in space and in traffic and covers field from sideline to sideline...Must improve strength and ability to disengage blockers...Solid, yet not explosive tackler...Strong in man-to-man coverage...Penetrates backfield regularly through gaps in line...Has shown willingness to mature and study the game.


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