On the pages of Baltimore Beatdown, we've been discussing the obvious talents of Boise State cornerback, Kyle Wilson, andwhat he could do as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. If he is there when the Ravens pick at #25 of the first round comes up, then many of us will be screaming at the TV set for Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome to put the pick in for Wilson andbe thrilled we now have a future star to go along with Lardarius Webb as well as Domonique Foxworth.
However, based on the Combine and especially his recent Pro Day, don't expect Wilson to be available when the Ravens selection comes up. In fact, he could be long gone well before that time based on what everyone has seen lately.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times, the Ravens sent secondary coach Chuck Pagano to watch Wilson at Boise State's Pro Day last week and he had to come away impressed. Wilson ran the forty yard dash twice, clocking in at 4.43 and 4.39 seconds in his two attempts. In addition, his other test results were at the top of the charts for all defensive backs at the Combine or since at their Pro Days.
Wilson is considered one of the top corners in this year's draft, behind Florida's (andlocal Maryland product) Joe Haden, who is expected to go in the top ten overall in April's Draft, which begins in prime time on Thursday night, April 22nd. The Ravens have attendeda bunch of Pro Days for other top rated corners, but obviously, Wilson would be a great fit for the long future, bookended withlast year's steal of the draft in the third round, Lardarius Webb.
Video highlights have shown Wilson to be as much of what a "shutdown" corner" should be, blanketing receivers all season andnot afraid to stick his head in to make the tackle as well. Based on his results at both the Combine in February and especially his Pro Day this past week, I fully expect Wilson to go much earlier than Ravens fans would like, whether it be in the mid-late teens and certainly not below the early twenties. At that point, would the Ravens even consider trading up to get him? With all the talent in this year's draft and the fact that the team is already without a third or fourth round pick, it's a higher chance that the Ravens would trade back to get extra picks than to expect them to trade up and lose perhaps more.
SB Nation's Mock Draft, which is currently going on at Mocking the Draft, has the Tennessee Titans grabbing Wilson with the 16th overall pick. While that remains to be seen in the real world, I wouldn't expect a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers to let Kyle slip by with their 18th pick, the Houston Texans at #20 or the New England Patriots with the 22nd overall selection.
Regardless of whom he falls to, Ravens fans can only dream at this point that the guy will be there at #25, but then again, there will be others still on the board in the first and perhaps the second round as well. With this year's draft considered one of the deepest overall in years, something tells me that Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome will do just fine with that pick, whether he utilizes it to find the next great Ravens star, or drops back to add more picks and get a couple of solid pros that will help this team in 2010.