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Missed the List: Muhammad Wilkerson
Sam Monson | May 21, 2014

 

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Each year the PFF Top 101 runs after a marathon debate among the PFF Analysts. Each year some guys we individually felt deserved a spot on the list wind up missing out in an exercise of democracy in action.

 

In a short series of articles making the case for players that could have had a spot on the list, we’re each getting the chance to highlight a name that just missed out. Ben spoke onBrandon Boykin‘s behalf yesterday and today I’m looking at another, Muhammad Wilkerson.

 

It’s certainly way off base to suggest that PFF is ignorant to the abilities of Wilkerson. We had him graded second only to J.J. Watt in 2012, and a Second-Team All Pro while most people were still warming up to the suggestion that he was a pretty good player. He also ranked 14th in the 101 list from 2012. It’s safe to say the fact that Wilkerson is a pretty good player is not lost on PFF. In fact, I’d suggest we were ahead of the curve on that one.

 

The bottom line is that he wasn’t as effective this season as he was a year ago, and that’s despite the addition of talent around him in the form of Sheldon Richardson and Damon Harrison, both of whom dominated against the run in 2013.

 

While he was second only to Watt a year previously, this past season he was our eighth-ranked 3-4 defensive end and even in terms of total pressures could manage no better than sixth.

 

Supplying the Pressure

Despite that, however, Wilkerson was still an impressive performer and arguably the most consistent source of pass rush on the Jets’ defense. He led the team with 11 sacks, the same total as OLB Calvin Pace and five more than anybody else on the roster. Wilkerson also notched more total pressure than anybody else on the Jets’ defense and was only 11 shy of the combined total from the rest of the team’s defensive lineman.

Wilkerson also put up those impressive rush numbers without relying on sheer weight of opportunities. He rushed the passer 636 times, which is a lot, especially for an interior lineman, but he generated enough pressure and big plays to earn a +6.3 pass rushing grade.

 

Penalized

Perhaps the most impressive part of Wilkerson, though, is his balance as a player. He graded positively in all areas PFF grades except penalties. If you remove his penalties from the equation (an equal mix of pre-snap flags for jumping early and roughing the passer calls), he jumps up the rankings to a comparable grade with Sheldon Richardson. Richardson was #81 on the list and was considerably more one-dimensional as a player.

Penalties are certainly not something to be ignored entirely, especially a collection like Wilkerson has amassed that are almost all poor disciplinary plays, but perhaps we are counting them too heavily against him when his play in all other facets of the game was positive?

 

Every Down

The other positive Wilkerson has in his favor is how much he was on the field and still playing well. He played 1,067 snaps in 2013, more than any other 3-4 defensive end. That figure trails only three defensive linemen period, and two of them (the Patriots’ duo) needed playoff games to break that mark. He was on the field more than anyone else at a comparable position and was still grading positively. That every-down impact was what vaulted Dontari Poe so far up the list, but Wilkerson didn’t enjoy quite the same intangible boost to his case.

 

In the end…

Wilkerson certainly had support in the camp when it came to making the list, and he was one of the next men up who just missed out, but the argument against him was that his grading just didn’t stack up to the players that were making it. Though some of the analysts would have had Wilkerson make their 101 lists, the consensus came down on the side that he just missed out.

PFF is certainly a fan of Wilkerson and well aware of the kind of dominance he can show on the field, but 2013 didn’t see as much of that as 2012 did. If he can show a return to his best form in 2014 then I would expect him to vault back to the sharp end of the list, never mind merely make an appearance on it.

 

https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/05/21/missed-the-list-muhammad-wilkerson/

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Seriously? I mean this list means nothing, but Wilkerson not in the top 101 is ridiculous. One thing that concerns me, from reading this article is the amount of snaps he played. He played 1,067 snaps? That's a lot and is probably why he didn't garner a lot of sacks at the end of the year. To me he didn't seem as productive at the end of the year, is that because he was being double teamed or because he was tired?

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Typical generic coverage from a national source that goes with perception and popular opinion. Ridiculous.

 

Those six, seven guys up front on the line are gonna kill people this year. :winking0001:

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i can't recall every aspect of last season but wasn't he playing hurt? an ankle maybe? I know he didn't miss time but was he not 100%? Or am i just imagining that... 

 Coples started off with the foot fracture. Maybe that?

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WOW! I AM STUNNED!! Dunbar has done a great job coaching up the D line & especially with Wilkerson! Funny thing is our D line is taking the off season to be coached by the coach that coached up Dunbar, GO FIGURE!!  It seems we have some judgmental football fans against the Jets!! (Go figure!) But all of our line did great last year with sparks of the new NY Sack Exchange 2.0... But I dont except stats like that especially when players such as Wilkerson, snacks, Coples, & Richardson has done pro-bowl status years! Its all good because come next year players will be hating their coaches when they havent prepared enough for the New York Jets and end of loooooooooosing!  :character0069:

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 Coples started off with the foot fracture. Maybe that?

 

ya made me look it up 

 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1772694-muhammad-wilkerson-injury-updates-on-jets-stars-ankle-potential-return-date

 

he left the pats game with an ankle but didn't miss any time.  they said he was "fine" for the Bills game... and he had 2 sacks... so yeah. Maybe it was just nothing. (or maybe he was playing hurt) 

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ya made me look it up 

 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1772694-muhammad-wilkerson-injury-updates-on-jets-stars-ankle-potential-return-date

 

he left the pats game with an ankle but didn't miss any time.  they said he was "fine" for the Bills game... and he had 2 sacks... so yeah. Maybe it was just nothing. (or maybe he was playing hurt) 

There ya go. Man I barely remember that.

 

 A play sticks out in my head from last year that involves Mo, over everything else. In the  second N.E. game there was a camera shot from behind the end zone and it was right on the back of Brady as he took the snap. Mo shot thru like a runaway train. Mo just missed him as Brady ducked for his life. Brady rolled over to look up to see what almost killed him. I think they showed that shot on the NFL Network replay shows. Mo, Coples, Rich & Co. really got after him that game.

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Can we stfu about how good Mo is until he renews his contract?  

 

Thanks.

I know, really. This is great news for the Jets, lol. Another #15 ranking instead of #101+ from some website and he'll be another $3M/year for the same player.

Seriously, though, what we say here will have little bearing as to whether Mo gets $8M per or $12M per or whatever in between. He puts up another double-digit sack season in '14 and he'll appropriately tell PFF to lick his double-digit sack. His agent will tell Idzik that as well if he says some internet site ranking for the '13 season is justification for a $2M/year lower deal.

Wilkerson is going to get seriously paid, and good for him. Guy is a f*cking animal out there. A productive, distraction-less, 315-lb pass-rusher is damn hard to find. Love this kid.

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Let the bloggers, media and naysayers keep putting the Jets down. Let them keep stacking chips on the Collective Jets shoulders. Let the other teams in the NFL read their clippings and get over confident. Let them underestimate the Jets. It will all add up to a nice Fall/Winter surprise for the Jets and their fans. Just watch. F*** PFF, we don't need any rating validation to see what we see week to week.

 

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