Raiders Scouting: DL Tyree Wilson

Raiders Scouting Report: Tyree Wilson, A Great Hybrid Defensive End

Tyree Wilson is one of the most highly viewed prospects this year, and he brings a lot of intriguing qualities. With the Las Vegas Raiders picking at number seven, they’ll likely go EDGE in the draft if a veteran quarterback is signed. With many great EDGEs in this year’s class, it’s worth discussing which is the ideal landing spot. Here we see if Wilson is worth the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft.

Raiders Scouting: Tyree Wilson’s Profile

  • Size – 6’6″, 275 lbs.
  • Class – SR
  • School – Texas Tech
  • Draft Value – 1st RD

Strengths

Exceptionally few NFL tackles will be able to match the length and strength of Wilson. The arm length he has at nearly 36″ is simply rare. He uses it to the best of his abilities to execute arm-overs and bull rushes. When he converts speed to power, it is devastating to opposing linemen. This is because he’s explosive and has his hips synced with his upper half. For a man so big, he has a considerably good bend, which gives him the flexibility to be used as a standup linebacker in the Raiders’ defense. Furthermore, he excels in run defense, as he can use his long frame paired with his elite strength to stack and shed with ease.

Weaknesses

Tyree Wilson’s pass rush set is very limited entering the league, making him likely to struggle early on in the pros. He likely won’t ever be a great finesse rusher at the next level. Despite showing good bend and flexible hips, he is a bit tight in pursuit of the ball carrier. He could be more of a consistent tackler as an edge rusher, but that can be easily worked on. Lastly, he didn’t play in a competitive conference at Texas Tech, so there’ll be a drastic transition to the pros.

Should the Raiders draft Tyree Wilson?

As Las Vegas likes to use multiple defensive fronts, an EDGE who can rotate to the inside and be a threat is needed. Tyree Wilson would be an excellent fit in this role, as he has the size to play inside and the athleticism to play outside. He is a true top-ten talent. It would be delightful for the Raiders to land a good veteran quarterback and then take this guy. He has a chance at becoming something special and would be a great counterpart to Maxx Crosby.

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