Blidi Wreh-Wilson: Video Highlights for Former Connecticut CB
Connecticut product Blidi Wreh-Wilson is an intriguing name at the cornerback position thanks to his outstanding size.
Wreh-Wilson draws comparisons to Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks thanks to his outstanding size and measureables.
Standing at 6'1" (just a tad shorter than Browner and Sherman) with a ridiculous 32" arm length, Wreh-Wilson caught the eyes the minute he stepped onto the field at Connecticut.
Now entering the NFL level, Wreh-Wilson has a chance to be a major player if he lands in the right situation.
Wreh-Wilson doesn't record a lot of interceptions, but he uses his length to swat attempts thrown his way. Let's take a moment to review some of the best plays of his collegiate career.
All pertinent prospect info courtesy of CBS.
Major Hit vs. Michigan, 2010
One of the perks of being a massive cornerback is that you can lay hits like this on the opposition.
Typically cornerbacks are smaller and prone to being run over by running backs or even some of the bigger receivers they line up against.
Not Blidi Wreh-Wilson.
The above highlight is a pretty straightforward play. Wreh-Wilson has the size to make these hits with ease, and it gives him an advantage at the NFL level. Thanks to his size, Wreh-Wilson can play all over the field and provide great run support.
Great Play Deep vs. Louisville, 2012
Throughout his collegiate career, Blidi Wreh-Wilson was able to make outstanding play on deep passes thanks to his long arms and great instincts.
Having a longer wingspan than most of your offensive linemen can do that.
Wreh-Wilson is alone in coverage on the above play but handles the situation well. He uses his athleticism to stay with his man down the field and adjusts to the ball at the last moment.
It's not an interception or a touchdown, but Wreh-Wilson's ability to make plays that many smaller corners struggle with is worth noting.
Stellar Run Disruption vs. Louisville, 2012
If all else fails for Blidi Wreh-Wilson at the NFL level, there's a chance he could develop into one heck of a safety.
Wreh-Wilson not only reads and diagnoses the above play perfectly, he also picks his point of attack and disrupts it selflessly. Rather than go for a big hit on the ball-carrier, Wreh-Wilson takes out the blockers in front of him, which in turn allows his teammates to make the big stop for a minimal gain.
Again, Wreh-Wilson's size is a major advantage here, but it's his read and react skills that should impress as well.
Great Deep Coverage vs. Temple, 2012
In the above highlight, Blidi Wreh-Wilson is (surprisingly) left alone with his man to fend for himself deep down the sideline.
This is a nice highlight for Wreh-Wilson not just because he made a nice play on the ball, but because he leaps into the air and displays great body control and coordination while making the play.
It's one thing for Wreh-Wilson to stick with his man thanks to his speed, but it's another to react at the perfect moment and use an impressive amount of body control to smack the ball away.
Also, notice how once the ball is in the air, Wreh-Wilson is able to almost become the receiver thanks to his size, which allows him to block out the intended receiver.
Interception vs. Louisville, 2012
Blidi Wreh-Wilson was not able to intercept a lot of passes during his time at Connecticut, but when he did, they were usually as pretty as the one above.
Wreh-Wilson is left with his man on an island in the end zone, but he manages to keep his eyes on the quarterback the entire time while shadowing his man.
Of course, the result is an easy interception on what may be a miscommunication between quarterback and receiver.
Still, credit Wreh-Wilson here for great body control and awareness to put himself in a position to make the play when his team needed it most.
Great Coverage vs. Rutgers, 2012
Even when Blidi Wreh-Wilson is simply in the vicinity of a play, he's a threat to break it up on his own.
That's what happens here.
Wreh-Wilson was responsible for the man in front of him, while a teammate was covering the man behind him. Once the ball is released, Wreh-Wilson jumps up and swats the pass away—preventing both the intended receiver and his own teammate from doing anything with it.
This is the type of play that makes Wreh-Wilson a great prospect. He can make plays anywhere on the field at any time.
More Deep Coverage vs. Temple, 2012
Blidi Wreh-Wilson made plenty of great plays in 2012 against Temple. The above is just another deep ball down the field where he completely eliminates the intended receiver from the play.
Wreh-Wilson covers his man closely the entire way this time and once again uses his massive frame to completely box out the intended receiver.
Funnily enough, Wreh-Wilson would have come away with the interception here if offensive pass interference had not been committed by the receiver.
Too bad the referees didn't agree.
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