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Redskins Sign 5th-Round Pick Wilson

The Washington Redskins announced July 21 they have signed 2004 fifth-round draft choice Mark Wilson, selected out of California with the 151st overall pick. Wilson is an aggressive and intelligent player that started every game during his four-year college career. He has the size, athleticism and durability to add depth to the Redskins offensive line.

Wilson, 6-6 and 314 pounds, was the anchor of Cal's offensive line for four seasons, starting every game (48) during his career while breaking the school record for straight starts, previously held by Todd Steussie (1990-93).

He posted three solid seasons after being named a Freshman All-American in 2000 and was named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in 2003. He was the leader of an offensive line that paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher and a 2,500-yard passer last season.

In 2002, Wilson moved from right side to left side tackle and was the key pass protector for quarterback Kyle Boller. The Bears tied the Pac-10 record for fewest sacks allowed (25) and Wilson was named honorable mention All Pac-10.

As a sophomore in 2001, Wilson earned team honors in two categories at the end of the season: the award for the most playing time and the team's big hit award. He had an outstanding freshman campaign in 2000, grading out at 89 percent or better in 10 of his 11 starts. He was also named a first-team All-Pac 10 choice by the coaches in the conference.

Wilson was a consensus All-American in high school at Fall River in McCarthur, Calif., and was the No. 10-rated offensive line prospect, while also seeing time at tight end. He caught 16 passes for 480 yards and two touchdowns and led his team to a 10-1 mark and the Evergreen League co-championship as a senior. Wilson was also an excellent prep basketball player and an all-state selection as a senior.

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