With David Wilson’s immediate future in jeopardy—he underwent surgery on Jan. 16 to fuse together two vertebrae in his neck—the Giants are proceeding as if they won't have Wilson.
While they probably will look toward free agency—Houston’s Ben Tate (unrestricted) and Detroit’s Joique Bell (restricted) are two intriguing options—since a veteran will likely come ready to pass block, they could also look at some young prospects coming out of college.
A potential prospect that might be worth a serious look is Northern Arizona running back Zachary Bauman (5’10”, 200 lbs).
Listed on the East team’s roster, Bauman has been drawing praise from those in attendance at the Shrine game practices this week for showing excellent vision, good speed and exceptional balance.
Bleacher Report’s very own Michael Schottey, who was present for Monday’s practice, had this to say about Bauman:
Time and again, Bauman found creases that were impossible to see and burst through them. Once he got to the open field, he flashed the speed to take it the distance. He didn't just do this once or twice, but almost every time he got the ball.
Josh Liskiewitz, a scout with GM Jr Scouting, also lauded Bauman’s showing this far, noting:
So did Thomas Melton, the Director of Scouting at DraftFalcons.com:
As Schottey pointed out, Bauman’s size might make him an ideal contributor in a rotation.