I regret to inform you that we are heading into the lull of the NFL offseason. Fear not my green friends, there is always something to talk about. I think it would be interesting to write some blurbs regarding players that have the potential to make a larger impact in 2012. The first player on my list is our 2011, 1st round draft pick, Muhammad Wilkerson. Come join me after the jump for more.
As far as tackle numbers go, I am impressed with Wilkerson's production, but I was expecting more when it came to pass rushing. I know that 3-4 DEs aren't really known as the big pass rushers on their team, but they can still contribute. I can't tell you guys how many times I saw a perfectly shaped pocket around opposing QBs. There was never any push from the middle, and the sides never collapsed. Muhammad had a tendency to caught rushing too upright. The kind of time QBs had this yea, isn't going to fly next year.
With a full year under his belt, Wilkerson can now mature into the role we need him to play. The lack of a proper offseason hurt us a lot last year. With the way this team is built, a slow start to the season really sent us in the wrong direction. In 2012, the Jets should be back into the swing of things. Wilkerson will be one of many that will benefit from the trip to Cortland. With a lot of hard work, and good coaching, he can easily become a dominant force on our D-line.
2012 predictions: 47 Tackles, 5.5 Sacks, 2 FF, 15 QB Pressures, 10 QB Hits