Senior Bowl 2010: Boise State's Kyle Wilson Motors Up NFL Draft

D. WalkerAnalyst IJanuary 29, 2010

Gerry Wilson saw an opportunity to promote his brother Kyle's football talents by having a trick paint job done on his motor home (see picture above).

Brother Gerry has driven the motor home to every Bronco football game during the 2009 season but it turns out that younger brother Kyle needs little promotion.

Kyle Wilson is Boise State's senior cornerback who this week has been turning heads during the 2010 Senior Bowl practices.

"That's the guy that's been a pain in my ass so far."

That quote came from Lions receivers coach Shawn Jefferson. The Lions' coaches are leading the North in preparation for Saturday's game. Jefferson had challenged Wilson with a little friendly 'trash talking' when the two first met this week.

Wilson has thrown a blanket over Jefferson's receivers since arriving at practices by demonstrating the skills that made him an All-American.

"I introduced myself, and he said, 'We're going to be cooking you up,' " Wilson said, smiling.” I’ve been wanting to get at him since we got here. I've got a lot of respect for him. I definitely think I earned it out there. I try my hardest out there to really compete and try to make it hard for the offense and the receivers."

Wilson, who prior to this week had been projected to be a third round pick in the up coming NFL draft, has improved his standing by leaps and bounds.

Mel Kiper Jr. suddenly changed his mind on Wilson Thursday morning on SportsCenter. He didn't have Wilson listed among his top five cornerbacks going into this week's Senior Bowl practices.

"Had an inconsistent year, but great leader, student of the game, great athletic ability, he's been strong in coverage," Kiper Jr. said. "He may have moved ... into the late first round."

Wilson at 5-feet-10, 190 pounds, has been the best cover corner this week and just may be the Senior Bowls, period.

"He's got the speed to stay with the receivers, and he's got the lateral movement in his hips and the good change of direction to stay with the receivers," Jefferson said. "And he has toughness. The thing I like about him the most, he does not mind getting up and getting in a receiver's face and challenging him. I like that about him. I love it."

Jefferson knows that one of the Lions huge holes is at cornerback and Wilson just might end up a Detroit Lion after this week's performance on the field.

"You versus me, and it's going to be me," Wilson said. "Competition is not a problem. I just love competing out there. I love to win, and I just love competing and battling. And I think this stage here with the best of the best here really helped out."

Wilson's one-on-one cover ability is just one of the assets he brings to the football field. Kyle was also one of the nation's top kick returners in college football.

When Wilson says he's a 'winner', he can back it up. During Wilson's four years at Boise State, the Broncos had a record of 49-4, including two undefeated seasons.

Wilson's outstanding play this week has moved him into contention as the top cornerback to be taken in the NFL draft along with Joe Haden a junior from Florida and Patrick Robinson from Florida State.

And yes, Gerry Wilson and the "Kyle Wilson Motor home" will be front and center when the Senior Bowl kicks off this weekend.