2003 NFL Draft 2003 NFL Draft

Grading System
Eugene Wilson - CB Position: CB
Class: Sr
School: Illinois
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 5'10, 192
40 Time: 4.51
Grade: 3.93

Selected by New England Patriots
Round 2, pick 4 (36 overall)
BIO: Three-year starter impacting the team as both a cornerback and punt returner. Second-team All-Conference choice as a senior recording 68 tackles, one interception and defending 13 passes. Posted 70-6-30 as a junior earning first team All-League selection. Honors. Broke into the starting lineup as a true sophomore and posted 37-4-16. Top season returning punts was 2002, averaging 11.7 on 23 returns, bringing one back for a score.

POSITIVES: Solid man-to-man cover corner with a good feel for the game. Fluid back pedaling off the line, smooth in his hips and displays the skills to quickly plant and break on the pass. Possesses a burst of closing speed, boxes out opponents and positions himself to defend the throw. Good ball skills and has opposing QBs looking the other way. Physical, works to get off blocks and likes to mix it up or be involved in the action. Very cognizant and displays good recognition on the field.

NEGATIVES: Gambles and plays the ball rather than the man which gets him in trouble on occasion. Does more hitting than wrapping up. Disappointing senior campaign.

ANALYSIS: Good cover corner effective backed off the line of scrimmage, in zone coverage. Slipped in 2002 but has the skills to be a solid pro.

PROJECTION: Early Second Round

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