Posted by Tom Fornelli
Here's one that may be considered a bit of a head-scratcher. it seems that Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson will be leaving school early to take a shot at the pros, as he's filed his papers to enter the NFL Draft. The reason I say it's a bit surprising is that Wilson, who was a highly-related recruit when Ron Zook landed him in Champaign, has had a bit of a rough road since his college career started. Still, that doesn't seem to have any affect on his decision.
"I know I can get better but I'm ready to make this move," Wilson said. "I can play inside or outside. I will be a versatile NFL player.
"College has been a great experience and I've matured greatly. I appreciate what I have now and I've been making good decisions."
Wilson's career in Champaign was a bit of a roller coaster. In his three years at the school he's had to deal with being stabbed in a bar fight, and a broken vertabrae in his neck. He's also battled through a bunch of smaller injuries -- other injuries would have to be smaller than those -- but did finally have a solid season in 2010. Still, though he'll be getting his degree this May, in my opinion Wilson would have been better off returning to school for another season.
Another season like the one he had in 2010 would have improved his stock quite a bit. Of course, given the things that have happened to him while he was in college, I guess it's hard to blame him for wanting to get out as quickly as possible.