David Wilson Combine: Explosive RB's Big Day Will Shoot Him Up Draft Boards

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs the ball against the Michigan Wolverines during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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While the consensus is that Trent Richardson is the top running back in this year's draft, there is no consensus as to who the second back off the board might be.

But after an impressive Sunday at the Combine, David Wilson made a very strong case that he should be that man.

Wilson ran a 4.49 40-yard-dash, 4.12 20-yard shuffle and topped all running backs by jumping an absurd 41 inches in the vertical jump and 11 feet in the broad jump.

He also looked very natural catching the ball out of the backfield, a big plus for a playmaker like Wilson at the next level.

Wilson brings a nice college resume to the table as well. He was the 2011 ACC Player of the Year (and a second-team All-American) after rushing for 1709 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns, along with 22 receptions for 129 yards and another score.

Numbers are nice and so are highlights. So here are a few of those as well.

While Wilson didn't run as fast as Miami's Lamar Miller (4.40 in the forty) or have the sort of all-around impressive day like Boise State's Doug Martin (4.55 forty, 28 bench press reps, 36-inch vertical, 10-foot broad jump, 6.79 three cone, 4.16 20-yard shuffle), he certainly solidified himself as a second-round pick at least and possibly a late first-round selection.

Wilson has a few aspects of his game that need to be improved, such as keeping his pad level lower and learning to take a small gain rather than trying to reverse field to make the big play.

But between his junior season and his day at the Combine, Wilson proved he has the talent to be a very good player at the NFL level.

Don't be surprised if the second name at the running back position to be called after Trent Richardson is David Wilson.


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