#26, Josh Wilson, CB
CFA Player Analysis
Wilson’s father played on three ACC Championship winning Maryland teams from 1974 to 1976. He was Earl Campbell’s blocking fullback. Wilson carries his dad’s trading card with him for good luck.
High School: DeMatha High School – Hyattsville, MD – 1999 to 2003
Wilson played for the varsity as a freshman and was a starter by his sophomore year. By his senior year he was one of the top defensive back recruits in the nation and Dematha’s leading receiver on offense. He made first team All-Met his senior year.
College: University of Maryland – College Park, MD – 2003 to 2007
Wilson played in 46 of 48 possible games at Maryland. He became a starter in his sophomore year and never gave up his spot. He was a 2005 Iron Terp nominee for being a ‘workout warrior.’ He was a two time ACC All-Academic selection and he won the Jack Tatum Award in 2006 as the top football student-athlete in the ACC. He was also an honorable mention All-American his senior year.
Aggregated Advanced Analysis
Scouts 2011 Seen as an above-average starter. Noted improved technique and leverage. He’s short and compact, and does not read the quarterback
Football Outsiders Almanacs
2012 Mentioned as being on the fringe of the top 20 cornerbacks in the league. Posted very high success rates against the pass compared to defensive backs league wide in 2011. Posted very good numbers in terms of adjusted yards allowed per pass.es on which he was targeted in 2011.
2011 FO noted that Wilson was very consistent (moreso than DeAngelo Hall) but that he had trouble with the deep ball. Posted very high success rates against the pass compared to defensive backs league wide in 2010. Also ranked highly in run support numbers.
Pro Football Focus Grades
2011 (972 of 1056 snaps) Received a slightly above average grade in PFF coverage ratings and a mediocre run grade. Finished in the top 20% of 66 starting cornerbacks in percentage of receptions caught in the DB’s coverage area. Was targeted in coverage more often then most cornerbacks but allowed only average amount of receptions and an average amount of yards per snap in coverage.
2010 (559 of 1080 snaps) 5th rated corner back overall in PFF overall grading. They wrote an article calling him a Secret Superstar.