STRENGTHS - Wilson is a solid athlete that flashes good foot quickness and solid straight-line speed for a back his size. He displays the ability to change directions fluidly, which helps him adjust to moving targets in space. As a pass blocker he is willing to step up and meet his man at the POA and can block with solid base, leverage and punch at the POA. He has extensive experience on special teams, and will be able to help on these units immediately.
WEAKNESSES - When lead blocking, Wilson does not display the same base and leverage that he flashes as a pass blocker, consequently resulting in him engaging his man too upright. This causes his to get tied up at the POA, and he struggles to get the movement off the LOS needed to open big holes for his RB. While he flashes the ability to change directions fluidly, he tends to get his weight too far forward in space and fall off blocks early. At Kansas State, Wilson was rarely used as a ball carrier or receiver out of the backfield.
SUMMARY - Braden Wilson played a traditional FB's role at Kansas State, but his size and skill set suggest that he was out of position in college and his best football could still be ahead of him. While he's willing to be physical at the POA as a lead blocker, he lacks the natural strength to consistently move men off the LOS and can often be controlled by defenders able to leverage him due to his height. Despite showing the physicality, intelligence and competitiveness to be an effective pass blocker, he was rarely used in this capacity at Kansas State, and saw even fewer reps as a receiver out of the backfield. He is likely to go undrafted because of his lack of production and status as a "tweener," but he warrants a look as a priority free agent because his athleticism suggests he could develop into a solid H-Back or TE, as well as special teams contributor.