The Green Bay Packers have made vast improvements on the defensive side of the ball, but there are still areas for growth. In light of that, Florida State defensive lineman Marvin Wilson could make sense for the Packers in the 2020 NFL Draft.
This past offseason, Green Bay committed $48 million in guaranteed money to sign Adrian Amos, Za’Darius Smith, and Preston Smith. As a result, the Packers have seen their defense single-handedly win games for the first time in years.
The Smith brothers — who aren’t actually brothers — have combined for 21.5 sacks and 51 hits on the quarterback. On the other hand, Amos has contributed 70 tackles, two interceptions, and eight deflections.
Even with the defense performing better, the Packers could use some help to aid their run defense. Through the first 14 weeks of the season, Green Bay has the 25th ranked run defense in the NFL (122.8 yards per game).
Provided that information, the Packers need to address the defensive line in the upcoming offseason. Besides Kenny Clark, Green Bay doesn’t have anyone along the defensive line that is reliable in the run game.
That is exactly why Wilson needs to be considered as a possible option for the Packers in next year’s draft. Wilson was having a great season with Florida State despite a hand injury ending his campaign prematurely.
The junior defensive tackle accumulated 44 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, and a forced fumble this year. Altogether, the defensive tackle has combined for 92 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles in his collegiate career.
At 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, Wilson has the size and skillset to become a stout defensive tackle in the NFL. Wilson has always been talented at stopping the run for Florida State. But over the past couple of years, he’s also flashed some potential as a pass rusher.
The Packers currently own a 10-3 record and lead the NFC North division. As a result, Green Bay is projected to have the 27th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
In today’s NFL, it is vital to have a defensive line that is able to get after the quarterback; while also being capable of hindering opposing rushing attacks. That is why Wilson is considered to be a defensive tackle who could have his name called in the first round.
Drafting Wilson and allowing him to develop alongside Clark would be a wise move for the Packers. The duo of Clark and Wilson could potentially solve Green Bay’s problems in the run defense for the foreseeable future.