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The Road to the Draft: LB Martez Wilson

THE ROAD TO THE DRAFT

Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois

6-foot-4, 250 pounds
Draft projection: early second round
Lowdown: Wilson is the top man in a weak inside linebacker class. He’s likely to be gone early in the second round, which makes him a potential target for the Bills at No. 34. Wilson is solid. He had 105 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and four sacks as a junior in 2010. He had a herniated disk in his neck in 2009 and played only one game that season. His first two years at Illinois, he played outside linebacker with only mediocre results. He had five sacks and eight tackles for loss in two seasons before switching inside.

Quote: "The Big Ten is more of a running conference. They run the ball a lot in the NFL as well, so I think that was one of the biggest things that helped me, learning how to take on blocks, just learning to come downhill and attack the running back and things of that nature. We had some pro-style offenses, a majority of them spread. I think that was an advantage too, there's a lot of pro-style offenses in the NFL, and I think that was two of the main things that helped me."

---Mark Gaughan

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