Muhammad Wilkerson is entering his fourth season with the New York Jets. Wilkerson, an attacking, aggressive defensive end, has been one of the most productive pass-rushers for the Jets since entering the NFL in 2011. He is coming off a career 2013 season, where he recorded 10.5 sacks and was named second-team All-Pro.
Early Years & College
Wilkerson was born in Linden, N.J., on Oct. 22, 1989. He attended Linden High where he had 78 tackles, five sacks and six knock downs as a senior while playing tight end and defensive end. After graduating, he spent one year at Hargrave Military Academy before enrolling at Temple University. In 2009, Wilkerson started all 13 games at defensive tackle and finished with 61 tackles and seven sacks, following that up with 10 sacks and team MVP honors in 2010.
New York Jets
The Jets selected Wilkerson in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft (30th overall). Wilkerson’s draft stock had risen significantly after an impressive showing at the NFL Combine. Wilkerson started all 16 games as a rookie, notching his first NFL sack on Sept. 18, 2011. He has steadily improved in his first three years – 3.0 sacks in 2011, 5.0 in 2012, 10.5 in 2013, with 181 combined tackles – as both a pass-rusher and run-stopper. Wilkerson, considered one of the top players at his position, recently admitted that he feels underpaid … but relayed: “that’s part of the business.” His rookie contract, which he signed in 2011, was for four years and $7.4 million.
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