Thigpen relies on his size and athleticism and lacks a plan when attacking from the edge.
Thigpen has a long way to go to develop the nuances and technique for playing as an edge rusher, but there are a ton of physical tools there for teams to fall in love.
Jackson is not only a stout tackler with plus length and physicality, he has outstanding instincts, anticipation, and ball skills that give him a first-round grade if he enters the 2018 NFL Draft.
Cruikshank boasts great length and ball skills for the position. He attacks the ball with the mindset of a receiver, though his feel for the receiver and ability to stay tight on the inside needs improvement
Williams is a coordinated athlete who showcases outstanding agility and lateral quickness, while winning in pass protection with hand strength by extending long arms. Connor Williams compares in body type and style of play to Jake Matthews.
He has, happily, traded-in some of those long-twos for more three point attempts, which should pay off in the long run, but he is shooting only 32.8 percent from beyond the arc this season, perfectly in line with his career average. Overall, it is statistically his worst offensive season thus far, at a time when we are desperate to see improvement.
Elsewhere, his game remains, as it’s always been, limited. He’s averaging career lows in both turnover and assist percentages, which given his role is not a huge surprise, but certainly play-making was an area we hoped to see take steps forward. He’s grabbing a few more defensive rebounds, but a few less offensive boards. Overall, it’s very similar to what’s come before, and you have to squint extremely hard to see any significant positive changes in his fourth year in the league.
Except on defense. Wiggins’ defense has improved appreciably this season, and that matters. His steal and block percentages are up, which is a signal that his awareness and effort on that end have improved. And you can see it. He’s active defensively with more frequency than in the past. He’s doing a much better job of helping the helper when a big slides over against penetration, and he’s reading and reacting more quickly. All of this is good to see, and vital to his future value and the Wolves future success.