Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson

Logan Wilson possesses the coverage skills that Green Bay Packers covet

  • 2020 NFL Draft
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Logan Wilson
  • Wyoming Cowboys
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Logan Wilson has the coverage skills that the Green Bay Packers are looking for as they look to improve the front seven under Mike Pettine.

With the way things are shaping up, it’s becoming more and more likely that the Green Bay Packers will open the 2020 NFL season with a new face in the middle of their defense. Blake Martinez, who finished second in the league in tackles this past season with a 155, is a free agent and will likely not be re-signed.

The Packers are reportedly interested in free-agent linebackers, Cory Littleton and Joe Schobert, according to Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated. Both players could command contracts that could prove to be too steep for the Packers liking if the Packers whiff on signing an inside linebacker in free agency this year’s draft class has several intriguing options. One of those options has been compared to Schobert.

Could Logan Wilson be the answer at linebacker?

Wyoming linebacker Logan Wilson has been compared to Fred Warner and Joe Schobert. There is no denying that Wilson has the skill-set that NFL teams are searching for in today’s pass-happy league.

Wilson was a four-year starter for Wyoming. During his first year on campus, Wilson earned Mountain West Freshman of the Year. That season he recorded 94 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks. To go along with those numbers, he showed off his plus coverage skills with three interceptions and four pass defections.

As a sophomore, Wilson recorded a career-high 111 tackles and had eight tackles for loss. The following season Wilson finished with 99 tackles and a career-high 10.5 tackles for loss. He added two interceptions and two sacks.

In 2019, Wilson capped off his career at Wyoming with 98 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. He posted career-highs in interceptions (four) and pass deflections (seven). According to Pro Football Focus, quarterbacks had a passer rating of 63.2 when throwing into his coverage. His play on the field as a senior earned him First-Team All-American by PFF.

What are draft analysts saying about Wilson?

“Logan has some really nice instincts for the position,” says Ryan Roberts, the scouting coordinator for NFL Draft Bible.  “He transitions from trigger to drop with nice hips and eye discipline. His athleticism shows quickly as he transitions and closes passing windows quickly.”

Wilson’s ability in coverage is his best trait. As a high school defensive back, Wilson displays fluid hips and lateral agility. According to ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., Wilson is a three-down linebacker at the next level.

“He’s a three-down linebacker. He can run and has good range,” Kiper said. “He was a dominant player for Wyoming throughout his career. You look at what he was able to do, the numbers he was able to put up were staggering in terms of the tackle numbers. In college, sometimes you get credit for tackles where you’re just in the area or you come in late, but to have the numbers he had consistently throughout his career and to remain durable as well and be out there game after game.”

Wilson isn’t an enforcer against the run, but he has excellent instincts and is never out of position. He has good burst and can shoot the gap to make plays behind the line of scrimmage.

“As a run defender it’s still a mix bag,” Roberts said. “When he has clear vision, he is able to fill nicely transitioning downhill. His closing speed is easy to see. When working laterally, his angles could use some work. He sometimes comes too flat, losing the battle to the corner. I see a bit of Joe Schobert in him,” Roberts said. “Everything he does is smooth and calculated. Nothing physically screams out, but he is constantly in the right position.”

Conclusion

Wilson’s 4.63 forty-yard dash time was 12th best among linebackers. The 21 reps on the bench press tied for fifth-best among linebackers. His 7.07 three-cone time was tied for seventh-best among linebackers. The 4.27 20-yard shuttle was sixth-best among linebackers. His performance at the combine is on par with his film. He’s not an explosive athlete by any means, but he wins due to his instincts and his short-area quickness. That athletic profile is the reason why many in the scouting community are comparing him to Schobert.

The Packers have needed a linebacker with plus coverage skills for quite some time. If Brian Gutekunst wants Wilson to be the man in the middle of Mike Pettine’s defense, he’ll likely have to take him with the 62nd pick or trade-up for him in the third round. It doesn’t matter where he goes. There is no doubt that Wilson could help Green Bay’s front seven.

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