Clifford James Wilson (born March 30, 1987) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He played college football at East Carolina. Wilson was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft and would win Super Bowl XLV with the team over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has also played for the Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, and Chicago Bears.
|C. J. Wilson|
|Born:||March 30, 1987|
Belhaven, North Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||290 lb (132 kg)|
|High school:||Pinetown (NC) Northside|
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 230|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Wilson was born in Belhaven, North Carolina and attended Northside High School in Pinetown, North Carolina. He played numerous positions during his early career including linebacker, cornerback, safety, running back, tackle, and fullback. He played a major role in the Northside Panthers 13–3 record and advancement into the Eastern Championship. Additionally, he earned all-conference honors during his senior year and was also a team captain. He also lettered in basketball and track.
Wilson was ranked as a two star by Scout.com and was measured at six foot four inches and he weighed 218 pounds. He received only one scholarship offer from East Carolina University.
Wilson chose to play for East Carolina, but after completing his eligibility requirements he was forced to join in the spring of 2005. As a true freshman in 2006, Wilson recorded at least one sack in five of eight games. The first sack of his college career came against Tulsa on October 14. Additionally, he recorded a season high seven tackles in the same game. At the end of the season, Wilson lead the team with four quarterback sacks.
In 2007, Wilson was projected to be a reserve defensive linemen who was still going to find a way be on the field. This proved to be the case, as Wilson took the starting job from Marcus Hand's after four games and played in the remainder of the games that season. He had the statistically best game of his career at ECU against the Houston Cougars with nine stops, two and a half sacks, and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Additionally, he also blocked a kick. At the end of the season, Wilson earned all-Conference USA (second-team) honors as a selection by the league coaches.
During his junior year, Wilson started all 14 games and extended his streak of starts to 23. He had at least one sack in nine games of fifteen. During a game against Tulane, he had a season high eight tackles. Wilson finished the season ranked 27th in the nation and second in the Conference-USA in sacks. Additionally, Wilson also ranked first in the Conference-USA for tackles for a loss. He was named defensive conference player of the year by ESPN and Sporting news, and also earned a first team Conference-USA spot on Phil Steele's All Americans.
In his final year as a Pirate, Wilson again started all 14 games of the season and finished up his career with 37 straight starts. He finished the season with 57 tackles (23 solo), 101⁄2 for a loss, and 51⁄2 sacks. His performance again earned him Conference-USA defensive player of the year. He was also named to the Ted Hendricks, 40th Annual Rotary Lombardi, and Bronko Nagurski award watch lists. Wilson graduated from college in 2010 with a degree in Communication.
Wilson had 32 reps during the bench press drills during the combine. Scouts raved that he was an "instinctive" players who had good rushing skills and speed when rushing the passer. Scouts also expressed concerns with his average lateral agility. and noted that he didn't appear comfortable playing in space. He was believed to be a good match to add depth as a 3–4 defensive end.
Wilson was drafted in the seventh round (230th overall) by the Green Bay Packers. He became the first player ever drafted out of East Carolina University by the Green Bay Packers. On June 23, 2010, he signed a contract with the Packers.
On March 28, 2014, Wilson signed a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders. On March 25, 2015, Wilson signed a new contract with the Raiders. The Raiders did not officially announce the signing until Wilson's birthday on March 30, 2015. On November 7, 2015, he was waived by the Raiders.
After going unclaimed on waivers, on November 9, 2015, Wilson signed a one-year, $745,000 contract with the Detroit Lions. During the 2015 season, Wilson played in the last eight games of the season and recorded eight tackles and a sack. He was released by the Lions on February 19, 2016.
On September 27, 2016, Wilson signed with the Chicago Bears. He was released on October 1, 2016. He was re-signed on October 3, 2016 and was released again on October 8. He was re-signed again on November 15, 2016.
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