BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter who played both strong side and middle linebacker. All-Conference selection the past two years totaling 88/8.5/5.5 as a senior after 89/14.5/9 during his junior campaign.
POSITIVES: Tough, strong run-defending linebacker who plays bigger than his size. Displays a good head for the ball, quickly diagnoses the action, and likes to mix it up. Fights through blocks to get to the action, takes good angles to the play, and effectively uses his hands to protect himself. Wraps up ball-carriers and brings them down on initial contact.
NEGATIVES: Struggles in coverage and has difficulty staying downfield with tight ends. Lacks quickness, the ability to immediately change direction, lateral speed, and the ability to make plays outside the box. Not known as a hard-working player.
ANALYSIS: Wheeler is a physical linebacker who.s been productive for three years running in college and he offers starting potential on the inside of a 3-4 alignment. Likely a two-down defender at the start of his career, Wheeler has the skills to develop a complete game.