Prospect: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, University of Connecticut
Height: 6’0 3/4″
Grade: 7.2 (Grading Scale)
Blidi Wreh-Wilson is a tall, long and athletic cornerback prospect, that served as team captain in 2012. He’s a fluid athlete that displays a well-rounded skill-set that translates well to the NFL level. Excels in zone coverage where he is disciplined and technically sound. Passes off his receivers and will peel out of his zone to attack the ball or underneath throws. Wreh-Wilson is one of the longest corners in the draft. He uses his length well downfield to high point the football, bat down hard to reach passes or congest the catch point of receivers.
Comfortable playing off the line of scrimmage, but can come up to disrupt releases. Uses long arms and quick feet to mirror and funnel the release of the receiver. Has good speed and longer strides which enable him to cover a lot of ground in zone coverage. He trust his ability to make plays on the ball and doesn’t panic when he initially appears beaten. When playing in off-coverages he shows the fluidity to turn and run vertically or sit to drive on comeback/underneath breaking routes. Has solid burst to close separation gaps and uses his length to help close the passing window.
Has shown he will bring physicality when needed. Can play some press, gets stiff jam on receiver at the line and can hold up their release to disrupt timing. Also plays physical against the run on the edge. Weaves through traffic to knife under lead blocks to make plays at the line. Able to track down and corral RB in space thanks to his long arms. Wreh-Wilson is overall a very aware corner. His zone awareness is advanced as he anticipates route combinations well, anticipate throws into his zone and trust his eyes to break on routes to get to the ball.
Faces some struggles in man coverage. Doesn’t flip his hips rapidly and can’t turn to run vertically as easily as others. Wide receiver can create separation by running laterally out of breaks due to slow reaction flipping hips. Top-end speed is average, but lacks the quick-twitch change of direction ability needed to be an elite corner. More of a long strider or floater than pure straight line speed player. Wreh-Wilson gets his hands on a number of balls, but doesn’t always finish off the interception.
Tackling angles and techniques are sub-par and can use some cleaning up. Puts his head down and lunges at the ball carrier, causing him to whiff or take himself out of the play. Deep recovery ability is limited. After the receiver separate vertically Wreh-Wilson has trouble getting himself back in position to make the play. His natural ball skills when covering down the field are OK, not great.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson is one of four UConn defenders that will be drafted quite high in the NFL Draft. Wreh-Wilson provides plenty of things to like. He’s a big, long cornerback that excels in zone coverage. He displays good recognition skills and can break out of his zone to close down on the ball. He knows how to use his length and size in coverage. Can bring some physicality when he wants to, but is best sitting in zone, reading route combos and breaking on the ball.
Will help in run support and has the length to wrap up on the edge. Wreh-Wilson is a well-respected teammate and served as team captain during the 2012 season. There is a good chance he will go in round two, during April’s draft and certainly won’t make it out of round three.