The search for the Miami Dolphins‘ next GM and offensive coordinator is now in full swing. As we wait to see which candidates emerge from the pack, let’s continue our look back on the season that was by ranking the team’s top 20 players of 2013. Today, we’ll look at player no. 15, cornerback Jimmy Wilson.
Passes defensed: 5
Pro Football Focus breakdown
Position rank: 49 of 110
Coverage rank: 35 of 110
Snaps played: 625
Receptions allowed: 37 on 61 targets
Yards allowed: 458
Touchdowns allowed: 1
QB rating allowed: 75.7
Why he’s No. 15
When cornerback Dimitri Patterson suffered a groin injury that eventually landed him on injured reserve, not only was Nolan Carroll called upon for a significant role, but so was Wilson. After spending most of the preseason at safety, Wilson converted back to cornerback, where he spent the 2012 season, to fill in at the nickel.
Like Carroll, Wilson exhibited much improvement compared to previous years, and was actually the more consistent of the two. Wilson shut out his matchups by surrendering zero catches in three games, and only conceded more than 50 yards in two. He might not have always been lockdown in coverage, but rarely did he have what could be deemed a bad game.
In Week 14, Wilson was at his worst, giving up 116 yards, but 90 of those yards came after the catch. 2013 was Wilson’s best year as a pro. His top-15 ranking on my list is well deserved.
Why he’s not higher
While Wilson was solid for the majority of the season, he was never a true difference-maker. He contained his coverage assignments, but only completely shut them down on a few occasions. Wilson did what he was asked to do in 2013, showcasing some impressive versatility as he continues juggle positions, but he’s not a high-impact player.
A nickel corner’s ceiling is only so high to begin with, so no. 15 seems about right for Wilson’s 2013 campaign. It will be interesting to see if he’ll be able to hold down the starting nickel role in 2014 with Patterson’s potential return to the lineup and rookie corners Will Davis and Jamar Taylor‘s potential development.
Cody Strahm is a Miami Dolphins contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm.