What Were They Saying?
As I already mentioned, I had mocked Ramik Wilson to the Kansas City Chiefs back in 2015. So you can probably figure out that I was pretty bullish on him at the time. When I watched Wilson play, I saw a guy who had a lot of natural athleticism for the linebacker spot. That seemed to make him a natural heir-apparent to Derrick Johnson.
However, that was not the general consensus on Ramik Wilson. In fact, scouting reports on the Georgia linebacker were all over the place ahead of the draft. However, one NFC scout told NFL.com: “I think he can play inside in a 3-4 as long as he’s not the ‘take on’ linebacker.” To me, that lined up perfectly with what I had seen on film.
“I think he can play inside in a 3-4 as long as he’s not the ‘take on’ linebacker.” ~ NFC Scout on Wilson before the 2015 draft
Ramik Wilson has shown the ability to be a playmaker in the Chiefs 3-4 defense. However, he also gets swallowed up by blockers when asked to take them on directly. That makes him a much better fit in the role that Derrick Johnson plays, rather than as the complimentary role. This allows Wilson to utilize his athletic ability in space and to attack the backfield.
Wilson now has experience in both roles for the Chiefs, and that is valuable moving forward. However, I think the KC coaching staff, as well as most of the fans, have now seen where he is at his strongest.