Christian Wilkins
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Wilkins with Clemson in 2016
No. 94 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 26)
Springfield, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Suffield Academy (Suffield, Connecticut)
College:Clemson
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 18, 2021
Total tackles:192
Sacks:8.0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:3
Interceptions:1
Pass deflections:11
Touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Christian Wilkins (born December 20, 1995) is an American football defensive tackle[1] for the Miami Dolphins of National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Clemson and was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Early years

Wilkins originally attended Framingham High School. He is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts before transferring to Suffield Academy in Suffield, Connecticut after his freshman year.[2] In 35 games in high school he had 253 tackles and 28.5 sacks.[3] Wilkins was rated as a five-star recruit and was ranked among the top players in his class.[4] He committed to play college football at Clemson University.[5]

College career

As a freshman at Clemson in 2015, Wilkins played in 15 games with one start and had 33 tackles and two sacks.[6][7] As a sophomore in 2016, he was named an All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.[8] Wilkins was part of the Clemson team that defeated top-ranked Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship by a score of 35–31.He also was part of Clemson’s 2018 team that defeated Alabama in the National Championship game lead by Trevor Lawrence 44-16. [9] In the Florida State game and South Carolina game of 2018, Wilkins scored a touchdown for the Tigers.

College statistics

Year GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2015 11 18 15 33 4.5 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2016 15 24 24 48 13.0 3.5 0 0 0.0 0 9 2 0 0 0
2017 14 27 33 60 9.0 5 0 0 0.0 0 4 0 0 0 0
2018 15 25 26 51 14.0 5.5 0 0 0.0 0 2 2 0 0 1

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
6 ft 3+14 in
(1.91 m)
315 lb
(143 kg)
32+12 in
(0.83 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
5.04 s 4.55 s 29.5 in
(0.75 m)
8 ft 11 in
(2.72 m)
28 reps 19
All values from 2019 NFL Combine[10][11]

2019

Wilkins was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round (13th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[12] In a Week 7 21-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Wilkins was ejected after throwing a punch at Cody Ford on the second play of the game.[13] In Week 9 against the New York Jets, Wilkins recorded his first career sack on Sam Darnold in the 26–18 win.[14] In Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Wilkins recorded his first career touchdown reception on a pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in the 38–35 overtime victory.[15]

2020

In Week 8 against the Los Angeles Rams, Wilkins recorded his first career interception off a pass thrown by Jared Goff during the 28–17 win.[16] Wilkins was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 12, 2020,[17] and activated on November 25.[18]

2021

In week 15 against the New York Jets, Wilkins lined up at fullback and recorded his first career touchdown on a flick pass from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Christian Wilkins (DT): Bio, News, Stats & more". www.miamidolphins.com. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  2. ^ staff, Tim Whelan Jr. Daily News. "Framingham's Wilkins living out football dreams at Suffield Academy".
  3. ^ "The moment that changed Clemson star Christian Wilkins' life". November 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rivals.com".
  5. ^ "Suffield's Christian Wilkins commits to Clemson". January 6, 2015.
  6. ^ CONNER, DESMOND. "Christian Wilkins The Complete Package At Clemson".
  7. ^ "Player to watch: Christian Wilkins' versatility anchors Clemson defensive line".
  8. ^ "Clemson lineman among 5 finalists for Bronko Nagurski Trophy as nation's top defender".
  9. ^ "College Football Championship - Clemson vs Alabama Box Score, January 9, 2017". Sports Reference. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "NFL Draft & Combine Profile - Christian Wilkins". nfl.com. National Football League. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Wonderlic Scores for NFL Draft's Top Prospects Have Leaked". April 22, 2019.
  12. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Christian Wilkins wants to fill Wade's shoes in Miami". NFL.com. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  13. ^ Zucker, Joseph. "Dolphins' Christian Wilkins Ejected for Throwing Punch on 2nd Play vs. Bills". Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  14. ^ "Dolphins get first win of 2019, top Jets 26-18". www.espn.com. November 3, 2019. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  15. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins - December 22nd, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  16. ^ "Los Angeles Rams at Miami Dolphins – November 1st, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  17. ^ "Lynn Bowden Jr. Activated, Three Others Placed on Reserve/COVID List". MiamiDolphins.com. November 12, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  18. ^ "Activated Christian Wilkins Off Reserve/COVID-19 List". MiamiDolphins.com. November 25, 2020. Retrieved December 19, 2020.
  19. ^ "WATCH: Christian Wilkins pulls out hilarious celebration after first career touchdown". December 19, 2021.

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