Kamerion Wimbley DE 6’4 248 Florida St.
By: Robert Davis
NFL Combine Stats: 40-yard dash - 4.61, vertical jump - 38.5"
Kamerion Wimbley is the latest in the line of premier rush ends to play for the Seminoles in the last decade. He was only a spot starter his first three seasons at Florida St. but he took his play up to a whole new level as a senior in 2005. In just 10 games, he had 7.5 sacks to go along with 24 tackles, with 10.5 of those coming behind the line of scrimmage.
Wimbley has as much pass rush potential as any player in this draft. He combines excellent athleticism, with great game speed and quickness. He shows an impressive burst on the line, the ability to change direction with ease, and the closing speed to close on the ball. With a lot of teams moving to a 3-4 defense, he brings a lot of value as an OLB in that scheme, and has all the talent in the world to be a difference maker in that role.
Defensive end is where Wimbley has played, but he is not big enough to play there on a consistent basis in the NFL. He lacks the bulk and strength to match up with NFL lineman off the snap. His best fit is as a 3-4 OLB, but if he makes that move, he’s moving to a completely different position. He also relies on his physical talent too much to make plays. Wimbley will need time to fully develop at the next level.
Wimbley has major potential as a pass rusher. He also brings a lot of bust potential because he is so raw. He brings the versatility to play end in the 4-3, and linebacker in a 3-4, but in either role he will have some problems. If a team is patient with him, they could have a major playmaker on their hands. With his physical gifts, Wimbley could end up hearing his name called in the second round at some point.
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