Eric Wilson
Free agent
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1994-09-26) September 26, 1994 (age 27)
Cleveland, Ohio
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Lee M. Thurston
(Redford, Michigan)
College:Cincinnati
Undrafted:2017
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-AAC (2016)
  • Second-team All-AAC (2015)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2021
Total tackles:269
Sacks:8.0
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:3
Interceptions:4
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Eric André Wilson (born September 26, 1994) is an American football linebacker who is a free agent. He played college football at Northwestern and Cincinnati. He played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2017 to 2020.

Early years

Wilson played high school football at Lee M. Thurston High School in Redford, Michigan. He recorded 64 tackles and four sacks in his senior year.[1] He played safety , linebacker, and wide receiver at Lee M. Thurston.[2] He also earned All-State, All-Conference, All-Metro and Team MVP honors while at Lee M. Thurston. He lettered three years in football, four years in track and one year in basketball and was a long jump State Champion.[1]

College career

Wilson redshirted for the Northwestern Wildcats of Northwestern University in 2012. He transferred to the University of Cincinnati in 2013, where he played for the Cincinnati Bearcats from 2013 to 2016. He sat out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules.[1] He was named Second Team All-AAC in 2015 and First Team All-AAC in 2016. He played in 38 games, starting 24, during his college career. He graduated from Cincinnati in December 2016 with a degree in sports management.[3]

Professional career

Wilson was rated the 21st best outside linebacker in the 2017 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com. The website also predicted that he would be selected in the seventh round.[4] Lance Zierlein of NFL.com predicted that he would be drafted in the fifth or sixth round.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
230 lb
(104 kg)
4.53 s 1.54 s 2.50 s 4.31 s 6.96 s 3912 10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
25 reps
All values from Cincinnati Pro Day[4]

Minnesota Vikings

Wilson signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2017.[6] Wilson made his first career sack in week 11 of the 2018 season against the Chicago Bears when he sacked quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in a 25–20 loss.

In week 3 of the 2019 season against the Oakland Raiders, Wilson recorded 2 sacks on Derek Carr in the 34–14 win.[7] In week 17 against the Chicago Bears, Wilson recorded a team high 12 tackles and sacked Trubisky once during the 21–19 loss.[8]

On March 16, 2020, the Vikings placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Wilson. He signed the one-year contract on May 8, 2020.[9] In Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts, Wilson recorded his first career interception off a pass thrown by Philip Rivers during the 28–11 loss.[10] In Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football, Wilson recorded a sack on Russell Wilson and intercepted a pass thrown by Wilson during the 27–26 loss.[11] In Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers, Wilson recovered a fumble forced by teammate D. J. Wonnum on Aaron Rodgers late in the fourth quarter to secure a 28–22 Vikings' win.[12]

Philadelphia Eagles

Wilson signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on April 14, 2021.[13][14] He was named the starting middle linebacker alongside T. J. Edwards. He started two of seven games played before being released on November 3, 2021.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Eric Wilson". gobearcats.com. Archived from the original on October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Vaccher, Louie (July 23, 2013). "Looking at Wilsons transfer". northwestern.rivals.com. Archived from the original on October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "Eric Wilson". vikings.com. Archived from the original on October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b "Eric Wilson". nfldraftscout.com. Archived from the original on October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Eric Wilson". nfl.com. Archived from the original on October 17, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Vikings Agree To Terms With 13 Rookie Free Agents". Vikings.com. May 1, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "NFL rushing leader Cook leads Vikes romp past Raiders 34-14". www.espn.com. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Bears edge Vikings 21-19 on Piñeiro FG with 10 seconds left". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 29, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Alper, Josh (May 8, 2020). "Eric Wilson signs Vikings RFA tender". NBCSports.com. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  10. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts - September 20th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  11. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks - October 11th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  12. ^ "Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers - November 1st, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  13. ^ Spadaro, Dave (April 7, 2021). "Jordan Howard, Eric Wilson highlight Nick Sirianni's desire for competition on roster". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  14. ^ "2021 NFL Transactions: Signings – April". NFL.com. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  15. ^ "Eagles waive LB Eric Wilson". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. November 3, 2021.