Florida State defensive lineman Marvin Wilson is clearly the top defender in the 2021 NFL Draft at the moment.
It is obviously early and things can change quickly, but as we stand now, I do not see how anybody could have anybody other than Marvin Wilson as the top defensive prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft class. He is an absolutely dominant defensive tackle prospect who will likely only take his game to the next level if we see college football in the fall.
Wilson’s tremendous natural power immediately stands out on tape. He does a fantastic job of immediately getting his hands into the offensive lineman and forcing them into the backfield. His ability to stand his ground and control opposing offensive linemen allows Wilson to consistently dominate in two-gap situations. Wilson even easily maintains his gaps when he is attacked with a double team a majority of the time.
While he is undoubtedly a rock-solid two-gap defender who shines against the run, Wilson is arguably even better as a one-gap penetrator. He shows an explosive first step and a devastatingly quick swim move as he gets thin and fires through the line of scrimmage. Wilson shows tremendous natural upfield burst as both a run defender and pass rusher and is going to be a consistent force to be reckoned with in the middle of the field at the next level.
During the 2020 season, we will certainly see other defensive prospects enter the mix and push Wilson for his top spot. There is obviously a ton to like about guys like Micah Parsons, Gregory Rousseau, Dylan Moses, Shaun Wade and Caleb Farley. However, none of these guys are consistently dominant like Wilson at this point in their careers.
Right now, Wilson is clearly the top defensive prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft class. It is hard to put him in the range of Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell as far as the entire class goes, but Wilson is not going to be far down that list. When the 2021 NFL Draft rolls around next April, Wilson will not be waiting long to hear his name called.