Taken in the 1st round of the 2011 draft, Muhammad Wilkerson was the first piece picked up in what would become a new era for the Jets defensive line. He has become in his third year a force to be reckoned with in the NFL, with a motor that seems to never run out of steam, and enough strength and speed to cause consistent harm in the backfield of any team. His form and pass rushing technique has become more refined this season as well, which is evidenced by his sack numbers this season. Big Mo had three sacks his rookie season, and followed that up with five in his sophomore campaign. This season, in only nine games, Wilkerson is the 4th leading defensive lineman in the entire NFL in sack count with eight. So in nine games he has matched his eight sacks in his first 32 games.
The sack count does not tell the whole tale of the tape, and although he has other flashy stats like an interception on the season as well as two passes defended the visual test shows even more to be happy about. This guy sets up shop down after down in opposing team’s backfields, consistently stuffs the run and consistently records tackles for losses. He is having a career year and is improving even on a weekly basis, not to mention being the anchor man of what could be one of the best defensive lines the Jets have had in years, probably since the days of Gastineau. Pro Bowl voting has officially begun so Jets fans vote early and vote often for Muhammed Wilkerson because he is proving to us he deserves the honor.