Linebacker Logan Wilson has been nothing short of impressive so far in his second year after being drafted in the 3rd round out of Wyoming in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Wilson has been given the keys to the defense, which speaks volumes about how much he has grown in just one season. He is the QB of the defense. He wears the helmet piece, which communicates with the coaches to call the plays and set up schemes and disguises for the defense, which has been highly successful so far through four games.
More than that, though, let’s look at Logan Wilson’s performance this season. Not only does he lead the entire NFL in interceptions currently. He is also 2nd in tackles in the AFC. Wilson has been putting up numbers we haven’t seen from a Bengals defensive player since Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap in their prime, and even then, Wilson could be on track to surpass those years.
Let’s break down what Logan Wilson has done in each of his first four games this season, so you have a better understanding of why he’s being raved about so much yet still flying under the radar.
Week 1 vs Vikings: 7 tackles, 4 Solo, 1 QB Hit.
Week 2 @ Bears: 9 tackles, 2 Solo, 1 INT
Week 3 @ Steelers: 14 tackles, 6 Solo, 2 INT’s
Week 4 vs Jaguars: 10 tackles, 4 Solo, 1 sack
Total: 40 tackles, 16 Solo, 3 INT, 1 sack, 1 QB hit through four regular-season games.
Wilson is flying under the radar, he was a third-round pick from Wyoming, which doesn’t usually create much conversation. He plays for the Bengals, who are not yet on the map as a popular media coverage team regardless of their 3-1 start.
If Wilson keeps playing like this and setting the tone for this Cincinnati defense, he will only see his name come up more and more. But when trying to look for early season sleepers for Defensive Player of the Year, make sure you include Logan Wilson.