Kristian Wilkerson was born on January 10, 1997, he is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Southeast Missouri State.
Wilkerson was a member of the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks for five seasons, redshirting as a true freshman. As a redshirt senior, he caught 71 passes for 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference and a second-team All-American by HERO Sports. Wilkerson finished his collegiate career with 219 receptions for 3,540 yards and 33 touchdowns, all of which were school records.
Wilkerson was signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent on May 4, 2020. He was waived on September 5, 2020, during final roster cuts. Wilkerson was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad on September 8, 2020.
Wilkerson was elevated to the Patriots active roster on November 9, 2020, and made his debut that night on Monday Night Football in a 30–27 win over the New York Jets. He reverted to the practice squad after the game.
Wilkerson signed a reserve/future contract on January 4, 2021. On August 31, 2021, he was released but signed with the practice squad the following day.
On January 2, 2022, Wilkerson was elevated for the Week 17 game against Jacksonville and scored his first two NFL touchdowns. He signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on January 17, 2022.