Eddy Wilson made it official and ended his college football career a year early by declaring for the NFL draft.
Wilson, a 6’4, 300 pound defensive tackle out of West Bloomfield, Michigan was a part of Purdue’s 2015 recruiting class. He came in and found immediate playing time in the Boilermaker defensive line, appearing in 9 games as a freshman.
Wilson moved into the starting lineup as a Sophomore, providing Purdue with a tough, run stopping defensive tackle. Wilson gutted out a substantial arm injury as a Sophomore, playing several games with a giant club on his arm for much of the season.
Questions surrounded Wilson last off season, as his status with the team was up in the air for Spring and much of Fall camp. His return to the Boilermakers defense for the 2017 defense was vital, as it provided coach Holt with a tough, experienced defensive tackle to plug holes in the middle.
Purdue’s new coaching staff implemented a defensive line rotation, with Wilson both starting and coming off the bench this year at defensive tackle. Even though he didn’t start every game, he played substantial snaps in every game, and was a difference maker on the defense.
Wilson’s Junior season ended a game early, as he was ruled academically ineligible for Purdue’s bowl game, and his early departure was almost certainly assured.
Eddy Wilson came to Purdue during a rough stretch in the program, and contributed for three years. He had his issues, but he showed up to play every game, and played tough. It’s disappointing that his career didn’t end on the best note, but we should all wish Eddy the best of luck in his future endeavors.
Wilson has some good tape and I think GM’s will be impressed with his toughness, but I think he will go undrafted. That said, he seems like a player with intriguing enough skill set to find his way onto a practice squad.