DAVID WILSON, RB, VIRGINIA TECH
TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 5-10, 205, 4.40
Looks a lot thicker than his frame would suggest. Possesses natural girth through his lower half, thick legs and a bubble. Is a little thinner through his upper body, but has the lower body girth to hold up inside as the next level. Is an explosive athlete with natural quick-twitch ability when asked to press the hole. Showcases a “plus” burst on the toss sweep to the edge. Exhibits impressive balance and footwork running the corner and possesses the quickness to simply side step defenders at full speed and explode into the open field. Plays fast in space, drops his pad level well and keeps his knees bent when looking to make a defender miss. Looks like a 4.4 guy with top end acceleration.
Showcases some patience at the line of scrimmage when asked to run from I-formation sets/single backsets. Allows his blockers to set up in front of him and trusts his first step even with defenders closing in on him. However, can be a bit slow at times to decipher information inside and vision is only average. Nevertheless, runs with a low pad level and good forward lean, with the change of direction skills to pick his way through a phone booth and accelerate. Demonstrates a unique blend of quickness, burst and an overall aggressive/powerful running style and isn’t afraid to lower his head into contact and slip/break tackles. Is a balanced runner into contact who can keep his feet if defenders don’t wrap up.
At times will allow his pad level to pop upright inside when looking to burst into the open field and can easily be wrapped on the play when he exposes his legs. However, for the most part keeps his pad level down and will churn his leg through contact and make himself small when plays are all blocked up. Will leave some yards on the field and has a tendency at times to try to out run the defense, causing him to run into some negative plays. Would like to see him be more content to simply win the play with a two-yard gain and move on. Also, ball security at times gets a bit lose and he will put the ball on the ground.
Showcases good hands in the pass game. Looks natural snapping his head around on the screen and was used down the field at times as well, showcasing the body control/coordination to pluck off his frame. Needs work in blitz pick-up. More of a cut guy only who isn’t’ real patient and doesn’t routinely get much of his man. Nevertheless, has played a dynamic role in the kick return game and adds a quality return man to an NFL roster.
Impression: He’s a compact kid who runs stronger/harder than you would expect from a guy his size. Has a dynamic quality to his game both inside and in the open field, and looks capable of maturing into a very good NFL running back early on in the NFL.
Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Wilson has been an absolute force at running back in three years at Blacksburg. Despite setting high standards every season, he has still managed to get better and better. Wilson rushed 59 times for 334 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman in 2009 (a 5.7 average per carry). Even when he started to see more and more playing time, the average remained the same. He had 113 attempts for 619 yards and five scores as a sophomore before really breaking out in 2011; 290 carries for 1709 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Danville, VA native is also a stellar pass-catcher out of the backfield. After catching no passes as a freshman, Wilson made a total of 37 receptions for 363 yards and five scores over the past two seasons. He stands at just 5’10”, but weighs in at a solid 205 pounds. Wilson may not possess the physicality to be an every-down back in the NFL, but his speed is unbelievable. He has been clocked as fast as 4.32 in the 40-yard dash, a time that every team will take note of at the combine. If Wilson decides to leave early, he should be a second or third-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Mel Kiper (via Evan Silva
“Athletically off charts. When he works out he’s gonna wow you. Game breaker. Issue is ball security. He coughs it up.”
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Really speedy guy who can make guys miss. More of an outside runner, but can make guys miss behind the line. Has some issues with not falling forward and not taking what the defense gives him. But dynamic in space. Great returner. Can contribute right away that way. Really good out of the backfield. He’s not going to pound in between the tackles but will provide an element of speed that the Giants don’t have. He can really run and can return and be a nice guy out of the backfield. 2nd round pick. I’m not the biggest fan. For one, the Giants don’t really use a speed game. Two, Wilson seems to be more interested in making the highlight play than making the right play and that’s concerning. Read the Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s breakdown for an awesome understanding of Wilson. I think he has to learn a lot about not relying on athleticism because, while it might work in the ACC, it won’t in the NFC East. I think you have a similar guy in Da’Rel Scott on the roster. While I’m intrigued by Wilson’s speed, I don’t like the other stuff.