Kyle Wilson, a New Jersey native, who was considered one of the best cornerbacks in the 2010 NFL draft, was drafted by the New York Jets as the 29th pick in the first round.
He has an impressive resume going back to his HS playing days at Piscataway, New Jersey; where he helped his football team to three straight state-championships, and was also named first-team all-state as wide receiver. Wilson received a few scholarship offers and eventually chose Boise State.
As a Boise State Bronco, Wilson was named honorable mention freshman All-America. The following years, he played some great defense, recording 111 tackles, 23 pass-breakups, and eight interceptions, throughout his college career.
Wilson was also a punt-returner, and in 2008 he finished the season with the most punt returns for touchdowns in the nation. In November, 2009, he was named one of the 12 semi-finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the best defensive back in college football.
Wilson, who, throughout his career has had success on the football field, didn’t see much of it in his debut as a New York Jet in 2010 and beyond. He started off decent but as games progressed to the middle of the season, he slowly lost his and the coaches confidence with his bad play at the DB position.
Trying to improve his craft and put his bad seasons behind him, Wilson worked hard during off seasons, with physical training, studying film, and even training with Darrelle Revis in Phoenix (Darrelle invited him) a couple of years ago and now Antonio Cromartie, he’s showing that he is determined to move on and try to have a great year this upcoming season.
In Wilson’s first three seasons, the defensive back tallied 110 tackles, one forced fumble, 15 passes defended and just three interceptions.
What happened to the corner’s once-promising football career? And the question that immediately follows is: should the Jets keep him or dump him? Let’s keep in mind, though, that Wilson has played with all-world Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie on the roster, so it is kind of hard to stand out.
Let’s hope that Wilson builds on his hard work and dedication in the offseason and that it translates to success in the regular season.