Christian Wilkins ranked #1 freakish athlete in the nation


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NFL.com released their latest article ranking the freakish athletes in college football and Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins was listed No. 1 in the entire nation.

"At 310 pounds, Wilkins' athleticism is difficult to fathom," NFL.com said. "He's been clocked at 4.80 in the 40-yard dash, with a 10-yard split time of 1.62. That's ridiculously fast for a player his size, and he has plenty of strength to go with it; he can bench press 225 pounds for 31 reps. You want explosiveness? He can broad jump 9 feet. Then, there is his flexibility, which he put on startling display after Clemson's national title win over Alabama."

Wilkins led Clemson in tackles for loss last year with 13 and had 56 total tackles. He set a Clemson record for passes broken up by a defensive lineman with 10.

His defensive lineman teammate Dexter Lawrence made the list at No. 14 overall in the nation with regards to freaky athleticism.

"A year ago, Lawrence looked like a seasoned senior in dominating ACC offensive lines as a true freshman," NFL.com said. "It's no wonder he was difficult for them to handle. At 340 pounds, he's been clocked by the school with a 4.90 40-yard dash. But speed isn't his game -- power is -- and his weight-room prowess is incredible for a player who has at least two years of college left to play. He's already repping 225 pounds on the bench press 31 times, he can squat 550, and power cleans 350."

As a freshman in 2016 starting 11 games, Lawrence led the Clemson defensive line with 78 tackles and had seven sacks, tied for the most by a Clemson freshman. He was named freshman All-American from ESPN and USA Today while also being honored as the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year this past season.

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