After all was said and done, the Miami Dolphins stuck to their plan on Thursday night, selecting massive defensive tackle Christian Wilkins with the 13th pick in the 2019 NFL draft. The Dolphins were widely expected to explore trade-down possibilities, but when their time came, they went with the player they felt was the best on the board.
Wilkins is a 6’4”, 315 pound behemoth from Clemson, and immediately gets penciled in as the starting at a position where the Dolphins had a glaring need.
Wilkins won numerous awards in his collegiate career, including being a three-time All-American (2016-18), was a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy in 2016, winner of the Bill Wills Trophy in 2017, the William V. Campbell Trophy in 2018, and the ACC Jim Tatum Trophy in 2018. He anchored the defense for two national championship teams in 2016 and 2018.
Wilkins completed his undergraduate studies early, receiving a degree in Communications Studies from Clemson in December 2017. If finishing a bachelors degree in two and half years wasn't impressive enough, he will walk across the stage in Clemson next month to receive a masters degree in Athletic Leadership.
He finished his collegiate career with 192 tackles (40 for a loss behind the line of scrimmage), and 16 sacks.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball.
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