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Mock Draft Spotlight: CB Kyle Wilson


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Comcast Sports writer Howard Balzer has Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson going to the Ravens at No. 25. Here's a little more information about Wilson just in case he's right.
One attribute Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson isn't lacking is confidence.

"I know I'm the best out there," Wilson told the National Football Post. "I just look for the opportunity to show that. I can just show my personality and my athleticism.

"I just really like making plays, taking receivers out of the play completely and making big hits. I can do it all and I love to do it all."

That brashness could be part of what makes Wilson attractive to the Ravens, a team that has drafted its fair share of self-assured defenders over the years and is in need of a cornerback.

"We're hopeful to get at least one corner in the draft and you never know, it could be more," Head Coach John Harbaugh said, placing Wilson in the "first clump" of cornerbacks available.

Combine Wilson's attitude with his playmaking ability and toughness and you have a player seen as a sure-fire first-rounder competing with Florida's Joe Haden as the top cornerback in the draft.

Wilson had a standout senior season in which he notched 42 tackles, one sack and three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. His junior year may have been better. He logged 35 tackles, five interceptions and 15 pass break-ups.

"Everybody wants to have that label as a shutdown guy who can take away certain receivers and their side of the field and not have quarterbacks throw their way," Wilson said. "I definitely see myself as one of them. I can play with anybody."

The 5-foot-10 Wilson made big plays in big games. He had a team-high 10 tackles in Boise State's 2007 win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. He had a sack and forced fumble in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl against TCU.

Since the season's end, Wilson has only improved his draft stock. He was spectacular during the Senior Bowl week, logged 25 bench press reps (the most at his position) at the Combine and ran a 4.43 at his pro day.

Ravens Secondary Coach Chuck Pagano* *was in Boise for Wilson's pro day and Wilson is also scheduled to visit the Ravens sometime this week.

Baltimore isn't the only team intrigued, however. Every NFL team attended Wilson's workout, including six secondary coaches. And there are several teams drafting just ahead of the Ravens who have a need at cornerback, including San Francisco (No. 17), Pittsburgh (18), Houston (20) and Philadelphia (24).

If Wilson slips past all those teams, he could be a prize for the Ravens.

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