Marvin Wilson Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Florida state Defensive Lineman Marvin Wilson is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Marvin Wilson

School: Florida St.

Year: Sr

Position: Interior Defensive Lineman

Measurements:  6’4” & 311 lbs





General Info:


A 5-star prospect out of Houston, Texas, Florida State’s Marvin Wilson was one of the most sought after recruits in the country. He was recruited by every major program, and he was ranked no worse than sixth by 24/7 Sports, ESPN 300 and When he landed with FSU, he was the crown jewel of a star-studded class that was considered in the top five of all recruiting classes that was expected to bring the Seminoles out of a slight downswing.

Unfortunately for Wilson, FSU just couldn’t ever get the coaching right, and, despite being loaded with talented players, they never finished better than 7-6 which came in his freshman season, and that was the lone season they finished above .500 during his tenure. However, despite all of those struggles, you’d be hard-pressed to put that blame on Wilson who was consistently developing on and off the field through all four years.

After suffering a season-ending injury in 2019, he elected to return for a final college season to try and improve himself for the NFL. He was voted as a team captain in 2019, and he was consistently holding everyone within the team responsible, which included coaches. There was a rift between Wilson and the players against the coaches during the summer of 2020 regarding how meetings with players were being represented. Between his maturity within the team along with his work to improve the community through his program “Marvin’s Movement”, he’ll have the character box thoroughly checked during the pre-draft process.


Positional Skills:

When you turn on the tape for Wilson, you have to wonder whether his issues are rooted in himself or in the coaching he was under. His motor lacked consistency throughout games, and, when his team was losing big, which they often were, that inconsistent motor started to show up. He’d run hot on one play before allowing himself to get beat with relative ease on the following play.

Wilson is going to be more of a run-stuffer than a pass rusher. He knows how to use his size well to soak up blockers while defending the run as a traditional defensive tackle. He’s got good power in his upper half and strong hands that he uses to stack blockers in the running game. When he’s rushing the passer, his primary moves are a bull rush or a push-pull move to jerk himself past potential blockers. He profiles best in a 4-3 scheme as a defensive tackle, as he’s an awkward fit in 3-4 schemes being too large to play defensive end but too small to be a true nose tackle.

When motivated, Wilson’s motor runs hot, but he doesn’t have a ton of burst to go with it. He’s rarely the first guy off the ball, and, when running in the open field, it takes a number of strides to get up to top speed. His pass rush moves are relatively limited to this stage, and it’s going to be tough for him to bully players at the next level as most of them will have a better anchor than the interior blockers he was going up against in college. If he’s unable to improve his hand-fighting, he’ll never be much of a pass rusher. Wilson possesses good play strength, but he will need to learn how to use it more efficiently because he can be overaggressive and put into the ground quickly by more technically sound players. He will also need to fill out his lower half at the next level because his legs are currently much smaller than one would expect of a typical player at 311 pounds. If he ever loses the leverage battle, which is a strong possibility at his height and high hand placement, he’s going to get shoved backwards in a hurry if he fails to improve the strength in his legs.


Fit with the Packers:

With Green Bay looking for more depth and possibly starters along the defensive line alongside Kenny Clark, they’re taking a strong look at this defensive line class. Wilson’s fit with Green Bay is not a flawless one. As previously stated, his best schematic fit is in a 4-3 scheme as a traditional defensive tackle. With new defensive coordinator Joe Barry at the helm, they’re still running a 3-4 as the base defense that focuses on getting pressure with just the front four. With a lack of elite pass rushing tools, that is a knock on Wilson’s case.

Another factor working against Wilson is his athleticism. He doesn’t possess great play speed on tape, and Barry has stated on multiple occasions how important speed is to him in the modern NFL. Players such as Aaron Donald, Christian Fox and Michael Brockers were lean, fast players that could slash into gaps at the line. Wilson doesn’t fit that mold in any way shape or form.

This draft class has some draft prospects that should be of interest to Green Bay under new defensive coordinator Joe Barry to build around star nose tackle Kenny Clark. The linemen need to be able to slash into gaps at the line of scrimmage rather than just soaking up blockers at the line of scrimmage. In the right situation with the proper coaching, Wilson could make a nice career for himself in the NFL. More than likely, he’s not going to end up in Titletown by the time the draft has come to an end.

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splitpea1's picture

March 16, 2021 at 08:03 pm

A strong candidate for the yearly FUBAR list, due to poor schematic fit and athleticism. You wouldn't think he'd end up on the Packers, but if I remember correctly, R. Gary made it on just about every author's list.

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stockholder's picture

March 16, 2021 at 08:21 pm

We need help. Wilson may not be a good fit. But he can play football. You just never know.

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Minniman's picture

March 17, 2021 at 01:25 am

Wow, this is hardly a glowing assessment - a high pad level, chicken-legged, takes-plays-off, 2 down only type. Can I ask why he's being featured as an IDL prospect here over others(like Tyler Shelvin)?

Source: The Draft Network

A 5-star recruit in 2017, LSU defensive lineman Tyler Shelvin redshirted his first year on campus, found some playing time as a redshirt freshman in 2018, and showcased his dominant run-stopping ability as a starter in 2019 before opting out of the 2020 season. Shelvin is a straightforward evaluation—he’s a massive interior defensive lineman who is outstanding against the run but doesn’t offer much on passing downs outside of pushing the pocket. Shelvin isn’t a dynamic run defender simply because he’s big and strong, he knows how to fit his hands, find the football, disengage, and finish. Shelvin plays with tremendous urgency on every snap and competes hard in pursuit despite limited range. He’s dominant against single blocks and more than holds his own against doubles. For a guy who is going to be asked to fill an unselfish role in the NFL, he embraces taking on blocks, absorbing double teams, eating space, and keeping the second-level clean. Shelvin has the makings of a dominant run-stuffing 3-4 nose tackle or 4-3 one-technique, but his value is limited to running downs.

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PeteK's picture

March 17, 2021 at 10:33 am

Chicken legged, thanks for the hilarious mental pic, Hahaha. Seems like another Montravius because of the many games he has missed. Shelvin is what we need, a run stopper and block absorber. He might be available in the 3rd round.

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