People here by now probably know that I'm a "draftnik" and I run the site www.nflmocks.com, but I'm not above pointing out places that quite frankly are just better than me at what I do. One of those places is Matt Waldman of footballguys.com and rookie scouting portfolio--although Waldman exclusively scouts QB, RB, WR and TE. Throughout the year he has written a few things up about David Wilson. Here are five articles that break down the finer points of David Wilson's game.
Physically, Wilson might have as much upside as any back in this draft, and from this perspective, he might be the best back to come out of Virginia Tech. Ryan Williams was a conceptually smarter runner with great effort and a strong array of skills, but purely from an athletic perspective Wilson is to Williams what Trent Richardson is to Mark Ingram.
Wilson’s quickness, speed, balance and stop-start agility are 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, he has the pad level, acceleration and technique to be productive as a between-the-tackles, chain-moving runner.
Clearly, his upside is greater than the grades I have given him, and he is a potential feature back if he shores up his weaknesses. I do not know if there is a better pure athlete as a 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 the past history of the backs I mentioned, Wilson will make the transition to a smarter runner that the N.F.L. requires.
If you want to know more about David Wilson be sure to check out those five articles.