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Eugene Wilson

DB | (0-0, 192) | Illinois
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Played basketball, boxed and practiced gymnastics while growing up. Backup cornerback and team's top return man in 1999, when he returned 31 punts for 304 yards and one touchdown. Starting cornerback from 2000 through '02. Led the nation in passes broken up and won All-Big Ten honors and All-America notice in '01. Had 37 tackles, 14 passes broken up and four interceptions in '00, when he also returned 14 punts for 72 yards. Numbers improved to 70-30-6 in '01, when he returned 25 punts for 250 yards and 12 kickoffs for 205 yards. In '02, posted 66 tackles, two for loss, one sack, one interception, 14 passes broken up and two forced fumbles, and he added 23 punt returns for 270 yards and a touchdown.

Positives: Very instinctive and aware. A natural athlete with quick-twitch, explosive movements and an excellent burst to close on balls thrown in front of him. Has a good feel for the game and is solid and aggressive in man-to-man coverage. Is good in transition and has hip flip. Excellent reactions in zone defense and overall ball reactions. Takes good angles, and times and jumps better than numbers indicate. Is willing in support and tackles. Agility is a strength, as is smarts and ball-tracking. Has 38-inch vertical.

Negatives: Only an average worker in the weight room and on the practice field; nor is he a film junkie. Things come too easily and he doesn't go the extra mile. Not a face-up tackler. Will gamble for interceptions in key situations. Played primarily man coverage in college.

Summary: Reminds some of ex-Florida CB Lito Sheppard, a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2002. Wilson should be drafted in the first two rounds because of his talent, but he needs to become more of a worker.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.