Big, fast Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson making bid for NFL

Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson has prototypical size and speed for an NFL defensive back. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound cornerback has 32 3/8 arms, 9 1/4 hands and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout and bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times. At the NFL scouting combine, Wilson ran a 4.58 and had a 36-inch vertical leap. Wilson trained at IMG Academy along with Penn State safety Adrian Amos with secondary coach Cory Robinson. "I feel like my size and speed helps me tremendously," Wilson said in a telephone interview. "The game is changing. Receivers keep getting bigger and faster. My size and speed are an advantage to me." Wilson has worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. "The draft process is going really well," Wilson said. "A lot of people that were in the draft, old teammates and guys that were my mentors, coached me up on the process and what I would deal with. Everything they said would happen has happened.  The combine was a lot of long days, four straight days of grinding of medical exams and testing. I had to go in there with something to prove." Wilson met with the Baltimore Ravens at the NFL scouting combine. "I met with them and it was really good," Wilson said. "We went over board work, going over coverages my team was doing and some Ravens stuff. They wanted to see if I had a good understanding of the game. It was with their secondary coach, Chris Hewitt." Wilson competed in practice all season with Oklahoma wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. The former Missouri star wasn't declared eligible for games after transferring from Missouri and declared for the NFL. "Me and him battled in the summer a lot," Wilson said. "When he couldn't play, he still did a great job. He's a special player and he's going to prove that in the NFL. He's changed a lot off the field and I believe in him." An Academic All-Big 12 selection, Wilson started nine games at cornerback last season for the Sooners before missing the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson due to an injury. He finished the season with 39 tackles and one interception. As a junior, he was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick, starting all but two games as he played in every game. He had 26 tackles and a career-high three interceptions. “I feel like I bring a lot of versatility," Wilson said. "In college, I played every position in the secondary. I really play corner, nickel dime, free, strong. Wherever I can contribute, I just like playing football. Most teams see me as a corner. In meetings with some teams at combine, they said I could play nickel or free safety." As a sophomore, he was an Academic All-Big 12 pick and played in every game with two starts against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. He majored in human relations. Wilson was a four-star recruit growing up in Oklahoma City and ran the 100 meters in 10.2 seconds. He had 43 tackles as a senior and caught 21 passes for 356 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson didn't play football until he was in high school. "The crazy thing is I didn't play football until I got to high school," Wilson said. "I grew up playing basketball and running track. My high school coaches convinced my mom to let me play and told her I would get a Division I scholarship." Wilson enjoys press coverage. "I like to play press man," Wilson said. "I try to get my hands on them and disrupt their timing. Playing in the Big 12 prepares you for the NFL. They're in no-huddle and five-wide all the time. There's a lot of passing now. "I just want to contribute any way I can. I know I'll be on all the special teams. I take pride in those and just want to contribute to the team as early as possible." Wilson's father, Darrelle McCowan, lettered in football at Oklahoma State. Wilson has been projected as a later-round draft target. "I really just focus on the things I can control," Wilson said. "Only the GMs and the coaches know who they're going to take. All the media stuff, I keep my head out of that." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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