Kyle Wilson (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The Arizona Cardinals secondary posted performances on both ends of the spectrum last season. While some games were awe-inspiring, others fell flat. Injuries in the group also exposed the group’s lack of depth. We catch up with Boise State DB Kyle Wilson to see if he is the fix. Not only does he already feel right at home at University of Phoenix Stadium, but he knows how to win there.
Kyle Wilson (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) capped his impressive collegiate career with Boise State with an even more impressive senior season. He registered 40 tackles and three interceptions. He returned two of those for touchdowns. The well-rounded defensive back was also the Broncos primary punt returner. He's currently working out in Orlando, where he is putting the finishing touches on everything for next week's NFL Scouting Combine. He takes us inside the predraft process in this exclusive series tracking his path to the draft.
Amberly Dressler: Talk about your experience at the Senior Bowl, was it what you expected?
Wilson: That whole experience down there was something that I will never forget. The main thing that I really took back from it was the relationships that I formed with my teammates. Just meeting everyone that you see on TV and really getting to know those guys, practicing with them, being in meetings with them and becoming a true professional with them, was just an enjoyable experience. You know, I keep in contact with a lot of those guys. Everyone exchanged numbers that was just the real joy of playing the game. I also had a good time out there at practice getting better in front of all the scouts down there.
AD: Where there coaches or players in attendance that you were star-struck or most impressed by?
DB Kyle Wilson
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KW: Definitely all the coaches. The whole Detroit Lions staff and Miami Dolphins staff. It was different. I don’t want to say it was shock but it was definitely different to meet some of those guys and have the opportunity to practice in front of them. To put your stamp and go play out there right in front of them, up close and personal.
And definitely some of the teammates that I’ve met. Definitely [Sean] Weatherspoon from Missouri and Mardy Gilyard from Cincinnati. It was really nice to meet them, and I enjoyed playing with them and practicing with them.
AD: Were you able to accomplish everything you wanted to down in Mobile?
KW: Yes; I definitely went down there with a plan. I think that I was very prepared. I went down there with goals, and I definitely achieved them. I really just wanted to go out there and really show up like I’ve been doing all year. You know, in practices and in games. And really just show my full body of work. I definitely think that I achieved that. I left it all out there in Mobile.
AD: Moving forward, what are some of your goals for the Combine?
KW: My goals for Indianapolis are to just run fast. I’ve put in a lot of work. I am just going to head down there, just have some fun and let it all hang out. The one thing that I want to do is just run fast and have fun.
AD: Is the 40-yard dash what you’ve been focusing on the past couple weeks?
KW: I try to get a combination of everything. But definitely the 40 is a big test, and I want to kill it. I’ve been working on pretty much everything down to a tee since I’ve been here (training in Orlando). But the 40 is something that I am looking to do very well in.
AD: Switching gears to a team-specific question, some injuries in the Cardinals secondary last season exposed their lack of depth. The Cardinals could very well draft a corner. What are your thoughts on the Cardinals secondary?
KW: I haven’t really taken any notes, but I definitely talked with them and a lot of teams. I am definitely excited for the opportunity to play for the Cardinals. I love their stadium. I’ve won two Fiesta Bowl Championships there in my college career. I love playing in the University of Phoenix Stadium. Other than that, I would look forward to playing against and with the receivers and defensive backs they have on their team like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Antrel Rolle, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. It would be a pleasure to play in practice with those guys.
AD: How would you describe your playing style?
KW: I would describe my playing style as just a do-it all playmaker. If I could narrow it down to one thing, I can definitely cover. But I can do it all. I make plays; I play everywhere; I am very versatile. But I love to cover.
AD: What do you bring to a team in terms of personality?
KW: I think I am a great teammate. I am team captain of my team, definitely a people’s person and definitely a hard working individual. I am a good teammate. I am looking forward to the opportunity to just gel, blend with the team and to follow the older guys and veterans lead to a successful season.
AD: Speaking of teammates, did you play with San Diego Chargers WR Legedu Naanee at Boise State?
KW: Yes. I played with him for two years, my redshirt year and my freshman year.
AD: What have you thought of his accomplishments out in San Diego?
KW: I am definitely happy for him. I know when he went to training and was going through this process, he was very focused. I knew that all he needed was an opportunity. He definitely got one, and I am sure he is out there trying to make the most out of it. It definitely shows. He is down there with the Chargers, and I see him out there on Sunday. I am always rooting for him. He’s just another guy I’ve known and practiced with. I know how hard he works. It’s paying off for him. I am definitely proud of him.
AD: Who are some of the mentors or supporters that have helped you get to where you are today?
KW: I’d say my family, definitely my immediate family of my two older brothers and both my parents. I can always lean on them for all types of advice. I think that’s what motivates me to go do my best out there, to really put a smile on their face.
Our next check-in with Kyle Wilson will come later this month at the NFL Combine.
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