David Wilson: Going to the Film Room

David Wilson is a New York Giant. Forget what you think about the pick or Jerry's aversion to taking running backs early in the past; yes, there were a few linemen sitting there, but Wilson looks like he has the potential to be a stud. I came across this last night after trying to find more info on the kid. I didn't write this. This scouting report was written by Matt Waldman after watching 2 games of film on Wilson; covering about 50 touches. He covers 4 aspects of Wilson's game:

RB David Wilson’s Vision: Part I Raw Skill in Action

RB David Wilson’s Vision: Part II – The Low Lights

RB David Wilson’s Vision: Part III – Flashes of Refined Play

David Wilson’s Vision: Part IV – Exploring the Gray Area

Overall Impressions of Wilson: Wilson’s great acceleration and willingness to bang into players without a lot of patience is reminiscent of Darren McFadden during the Raiders RB’s college career. Wilson has better cutting ability than McFadden, but like McFadden, CJ Spiller, LeSean McCoy, and Jamaal Charles, Wilson needs to learn to become a better decision maker at the line of scrimmage. He tries to bounce runs to the corner too often and he’ll even attempt to reverse his field once his initial bounce doesn’t work.

Accepting a short gain rather than a big loss is something Wilson has a hard time doing at this stage of his career. Based on the recent success of the players listed above, Wilson has the same kind, if not specific style, of athleticism to develop into a star at the position. His RSP score is lower than it could potentially be due to the 14 points of vision fundamentals he has yet to master.

He’s also not consistent with using his left arm when he carries the football to the left side of the field but he did it enough times that I’m giving him credit (all but once in this game). His footwork-punch coordination needs to be refined. He often delivers a punch when his feet aren’t in good position against the defender he’s tring to block and this can get him into trouble with better edge rushers. However, the potential to develop into a good pass protector is there.

Wilson’s quickness, speed, balance, and stop-start agility is among the best in the country and it makes him a special athlete/runner in the open field. Get him in space and he’s a nightmare to bring down. When he’s disciplined about what he’s doing conceptually, he has the pad level, acceleration, and technique to be productive as a between the tackles, chain-moving runner. Physically he might have as much upside as any back in this draft and he’s the best back to come out of Va. Tech from this perspective since Kevin Jones. He catches the ball well with his hands and he has potential to develop into a good pass protector because he generally diagnoses the blitzes that he Va Tech faces and his initial footwork before contact is good.

Wilson is a "strong," 205 pounds and I think he can probably add another 10 pounds to his frame as he matures. Talent-wise I don’t know if there’s a better runner in this draft other than Trent Richardson and Wilson probably has better speed and lateral agility. What he has to learn makes him more of a boom-bust pick, but I believe based on past history of backs like the ones I mention with my criticism of his game that Wilson will make the transition to a smarter runner that the NFL requires.

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