KC Chiefs 2015 NFL Draft Grade Card: Ramik Wilson

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Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Ramik Wilson (51) – Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson will be joining a Chiefs’ squad that surrendered the second-fewest points in the NFL last season, and the fewest in the AFC since 2011. They also were the only defense to not allow an opponent to score at least 30 points.

That was with three-time Pro-Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson out with a season-long injury. Wilson obviously won’t play ahead of a now-healthy Johnson, but he will probably find himself behind James-Michael Johnson as well.

Josh Mauga, who surprisingly led the team in total tackles last year, will see significant time at the ILB position as well. The Chiefs even drafted another ILB, D.J. Alexander in the fifth round at of Oregon State.

It’s certainly a crowded position, so it will be interesting to see how much Wilson is used early in the season.

As you can read in NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein’s scouting report, the knock on Wilson seems to be he isn’t quite intuitive enough, which leads to him getting lost or falling behind on a play (CBSSports.com’s Dan Brugler agrees). Zierlein also notes “there are questions about how effective he can be in coverage.”

But the fact remains, Wilson excelled at linebacker in the toughest conference in all of college football, and so far has let his play do the talking.

LB. Kansas City Chiefs. RAMIK WILSON. B-. There is no doubt Wilson has NFL talent, the question is, can he be consistent enough to earn playing time over other talented Chiefs linebackers?

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