Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 01/12/11: #1 Junior ILB Projected: Round(s) 1-2 for 2012 NFL Draft...DS Rating on 09/17/09 (Before injury): #4 Junior ILB, #68/750 Overall, Projected: Round(s) 2-3 2010: Wilson earned first team All-Big Ten honors by the media for his effort on the field during the 2010 campaign. He led Illinois and ranked fourth in the Big Ten in tackles (112) and also added 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles, four quarterback hurries, four pass breakups, an interception, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick. Wilson led the Illini to their first bowl win since 1999 with seven tackles, including one TFL, in Illinois' 38-14 victory over Baylor in the 2010 Texas Bowl...Wilson appeared in all 13 games for the Illini as an outside linebacker as a true freshman, helping the team to nine wins and a trip to the Rose Bowl. He played 11 games as a sophomore in 2008, totaling 69 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks, before being moved to middle linebacker to start his junior year...2009: Recorded nine tackles in the season opener against Missouri ... Suffered a herniated disc in his neck, which forced him to miss the remainder of the 2009 season ... Granted a medical hardship waiver for 2009...2008: Ranked 14th in the Big Ten in tackles per game with 6.6 ... Ranked fifth in the Big Ten in fumbles recovered with two ... Totaled four tackles, a PBU and recovered a fumble against Ohio State ... Recorded three solo tackles against Western Michigan ... Had five tackles against Iowa ... Posted four tackles, one for loss, a sack, a career-tying two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble at Wisconsin ...2007: Named honorable mention Freshman All-American by Scout.com ... Played in all 13 games at linebacker ... Posted three solo tackles in the Rose Bowl against USC ... Recorded two tackles, including a solo, at No. 1 Ohio State.
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Draft Scout *Martez Wilson News
12/11/12 - DE Martez Wilson, a second-year pro, played Sunday's game with a heavy heart following the death early Saturday morning of Dallas Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown.
Wilson played his college football at the University of Illinois along with Brown as well as Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, who was charged with intoxication manslaughter after a car crash that took Brown's life.
"My prayers are with Jerry's family and I wish J.B. (Brent) the best in a bad situation," Wilson said. "He's a good guy who made a bad decision."
12/06/12 - DE Martez Wilson returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's workout with a toe injury and should be ready Sunday.
12/05/12 - DE Martez Wilson did not practice on Wednesday because of a toe injury and his status for Sunday's game with the New York Giants was unknown.
05/24/12 - LB Martez Wilson, a third-round draft pick, had been moved to defensive end.
Part of the reason, Vitt said, is that the Saints will play more zone schemes this season under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo than they did under Gregg Williams with the goal being to cut down on the number of big plays they gave up.
"We've got a lot of zone pressures now and it's going to call for a defensive end to drop into coverage," Vitt said. "And Martez has got a pretty good foundation from being here a year ago with coverage and coverage aspects.
"We've been very encouraged for the first week of what he's done. He'll be our right end. He does a pretty good job with pattern recognition. This is a time to experiment, and we'll see what he can do."