There is a lot of competition for the best back in this year's draft behind Trent Richardson, but of all of the candidates for such a distinction, David Wilson has the most talent and upside.
Wilson spent his sophomore season in a more complementary role to Ryan Williams for the Hokies, being used on third downs and as a return man. He was also used in the slot as a receiver.
Wilson gained some weight in anticipation of getting the majority of the carries the next season, which he managed to do without losing the top-end speed he is known for. As a result, Wilson racked up over 1,700 yards at 5.9 yards a clip his junior campaign.
Here is a sample of Matt Miller of New Era Scouting (and Bleacher Report) on Wilson:
This is a very explosive back with a ton of potential. He should go early in the second round. He might be relegated to third down and return duties in his first year. He has some black marks that he still needs to prove he can overcome.
Wilson's main weaknesses—his vision and blitz pickup—are common for rookie RBs. However, they are significant holes in his game that must be improved upon, especially if he wants to earn a third-down role.
His rookie season will be reminiscent of his sophomore season at Va Tech, in which he was a complementary player who contributed in the return game. With some proper coaching, Wilson's raw ability and rare speed-to-strength ratio gives him a chance to be a star at the next level.
Analysis: After letting Brandon Jacobs leave in free agency, the Giants pick up a running back for the future. His instincts and power are NFL ready. Once he learns to pass block and become a receiver, he can shine.
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