2013 NFL Draft: Blidi Wreh-Wilson Scouting Report

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A look at the former UCONN star

After a short hiatus called reality, Noles will be back in business shortly after these brief messages from the sponsors. OK, not really but the past three weeks have been one wild ride starting a new job on top of my MCM duties. I know I've been pretty intermittent about putting out articles lately so I'd like to apologize for that. The other (and arguably more talented) writers on this great site have done an awesome job in my stead. Anyway, onto today's post about the Titans' first third round pick, Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

Player Name: Blidi Wreh-Wilson

Position: Cornerback

Height/Weight: 6'1 195

School/Class: Connecticut, Senior

Measureables: 4.53 40, 14 bench reps, 36" vertical jump, 10'6" broad jump, 6.97 3 cone drill

The Tape:

2012 vs Louisville

2012 vs Rutgers

2012 vs Temple

2011 vs Rutgers

Pros:

- A tall and long corner - Wreh-Wilson is a 6'0 corner that plays bigger than that. He also has some of the longer arms of any defensive back in the 2013 class.

- Good short burst athlete - Has good, quick feet and hips to stay with the smaller and more explosive receivers. He uses his arm length well to catch up when in off man coverage.

- Ideal zone corner - Wreh-Wilson is an extremely disciplined and technically sound zone corner. He uses his physical attributes to knock off receivers off the line and has good enough athleticism to stay with them down the field. Instincts are good when in zone/ Intelligence is also high as well. He simply knows what to do when beaten and rarely has a panicky moment.

Cons:

- Tackling - While he has proven to be an able and willing tackler, he occasionally takes the wrong angles and tries for the home run hit instead of using his length to wrap up.

- Man coverage - Doesn't have a ton of quick twitch turn and run hip skills nor the recovery speed so he can be beat over the top vertically by some of the faster receivers.

- UCONN - It isn't exactly a Division 1 powerhouse or a school that puts them on the schedule. How battle tested is he really when he plays in the rudderless and useless Big East? He might have the Boise State syndrome. (Boise State Syndrome: only having to get up for one game a year, usually the first game and coasting during the rest of the schedule due to the lack of quality competition.)

Summary:

I liked the Wreh-Wilson pick overall but his cons scare the living daylights out of me if not properly coached out of him. Another benefit of his is that he was coached by Paul Pasqualoni, a successful NFL defensive assistant for a number of years. He fits the zone heavy defensive scheme to a T. My prediction: I think he ends up in a camp battle with Coty Sensabaugh and Tommie Campbell for the third corner spot in a third place loser leaves town scenario. He might use this year being groomed to take over Alterraun Verner's starting spot should ATV leave in 2014.

The rest of my reports:

7th round pick Daimion Stafford

6th round pick Khalid Wooten

5th round pick Lavar Edwards

4th round pick Brian Schwenke

3rd round pick Zaviar Gooden

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