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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Crimson Countdown: NB Julian Wilson

By Brandon Chatmon

Over the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. We will analyze each player’s impact on the program since they arrived on campus, their potential impact this fall and their long-term impact in the daily series. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will go in numerical order until our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.

No. 2 Julian Wilson
Redshirt junior nickelback, 6-foot-2, 191 pounds

Impact thus far: Wilson stepped on campus with an impressive offer list and started to display his potential as a backup nickelback during his sophomore season while earning the first two starts of his career. He finished the season with 29 tackles, including two tackles for loss, and three pass breakups. During his career he has played in 23 games and recorded 31 tackles.

Expectations for 2013: Wilson should be a core member of OU’s defense in 2013. He’s expected to slide into the starting nickelback position. His combination of length, athleticism and speed make him an asset in the Sooners secondary.

Best-case scenario in 2013: Wilson excels as a starter and combines with Aaron Colvin and Cortez Johnson to give the Sooners three quality cover men. He’ll face a quickness disadvantage against slot receivers, so if he can use his length to disrupt the timing of routes, he could emerge as a standout as a junior.

Worst-case scenario in 2013: The quickness of slot receivers proves to much for Wilson and he struggles to hold his own in single coverage. If that happens, teams might focus on attacking him with Colvin, a returning All-Big 12 cornerback, on the outside.

Future impact: Wilson should be a core member of OU’s defense for the next two seasons. His size, speed and athleticism stands out and he added experience last season, which should pay off during his final two years in Norman.

SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Wilson: A. Even though he had an impressive offer list when he signed, Wilson was a relatively raw talent. Wilson has worked to improve and the Sooners coaching staff has molded him into a quality player.

SoonerNation’s development grade for Wilson: B. The Sooners did a good job getting Wilson quality time in spot duty in 2012 but probably should have used him more in 2011 to get his feet wet and give them options when injuries and poor play arose in the secondary during his redshirt freshman year.