NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins has been picked by the Dolphins in the First-Round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Wilkins was the 13th overall pick in the annual selection event being held this year in Nashville, Tennessee.
Christian Wilkins received as much attention for his outgoing personality as his abilities on the field.
That should make him a media darling in his new city.
Behind the larger-than-life personality was someone who became the first scholarship player to earn his degree at Clemson in two and a half years. He was also named the winner of the prestigious Campbell Trophy which goes to the top student-athlete in the country who has the best resume of academic success, football performance and outstanding community leadership.
On the field, Wilkins used his 6-3, 315-pound frame to become one of the best defensive lineman in the country which he hopes will translate to the NFL.
A three-time All-American, the 2018 season saw Wilkins become the fifth unanimous All-American in school history as he helped the Tigers win their second national championship in three seasons.
His senior season saw Wilkins credited with 57 tackles (15.0 for loss), 6.0 sacks, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Wilkins also scored two rushing touchdowns as he and fellow defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence combined to form the "Fridge Package". Wilkins scored his first rushing touchdown against Florida State. His second touchdown was against South Carolina and featured a Heisman Trophy pose, a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct and an earful from an irate head coach.
No doubt Wilkins will be a little more business like at the next level where he is expected to depend more on quickness than brute strength to be a disruptive force on the defensive line. After not only playing offense but special teams as well, it will be fascinating to how much Wilkins is used outside of the defensive line.