David Wilson

Draft Grades: New York Giants

With so few holes, I expected the New York Giants to simply target the best available player – a strategy which Jerry Reese has used frequently in the past – but he strayed from his typical approach and it may come back to haunt him down the road.

David Wilson was a reach, and there’s really no way to sugar coat that. The fact that Reese would reach for Wilson raises a serious question: is Ahmad Bradshaw healthy? If so, the selection makes little sense. But if they’re legitimately worried about Bradshaw’s ability to stay on the field in 2012, the pick is justifiable. Since the motivation behind the pick is a bit of an unknown, I’ll have to factor that into the grade and give Reese the benefit of the doubt.

The selection of Rueben Randle is more in line with the Giants typical draft strategy. He was among the top available players on the board and will help fill the void left by the departure of Mario Manningham. He’s a developmental prospect but should be able to provide some help as a third or fourth option at receiver this year.

Jayron Hosley fell due to character concerns, but was probably worth the gamble in the late 3rd round. He likely won’t see the the field much given the Giants crowded secondary, but he was a solid investment at that point in the draft.

Adrien Robinson was a hot name this offseason and a late riser up the draft boards. He’s a good fit for the Giants, who like their tight ends to be strong blockers. He was likely drafted as insurance behind Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum, who are both coming off injuries.

Brandon Mosley and Matt McCants add some much-needed depth to the Giants offensive line. Neither has much upside, but they both have the ability to play multiple positions along the line and have long careers as backup linemen.

Markus Kuhn will become one of the few players born in Germany to play in the NFL. He’s a good athlete for his size and is an interesting developmental prospect. However, the Giants depth chart is crowded at defensive tackle and he may struggle to make the final roster cut.

I’m having a hard time grading the Giants draft without knowing what prompted the selection of David Wilson. If they’re worried about Bradshaw, it makes sense. But if they panicked once Doug Martin was snatched out from under them by the Bucs, it’s a poor decision. Given Reese’s draft history, I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt, but this was definitely not his strongest draft class.

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New York Giants select David Wilson, Grade B-

I have to wonder if the New York Giants were prepared to take Doug Martin and panicked when the Bucs moved up and landed him with the 31st pick.
David Wilson is a decent prospect, who I gave a 2nd-round grade, but I’m not excited about how he fits in New York.

As long as he holds on to the football he’ll be a quality running back, but just doesn’t project as a difference maker with the Giants. Wilson has a similar style to Ahmad Bradshaw, and I don’t think they complement each other well.

Jerry Reese usually goes for the best available player, which he clearly did not do in this situation. He could have added Cordy Glenn or Jonathan Martin and arguably landed the best available player, and still filled a need.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Giants 2 Comments

Browns Offseason Priority: Find Some Playmakers

While most Cleveland Browns fans would prefer to blame Colt McCoy for disappointing offensive performance, the fact is no quarterback could have salvaged the Browns offense in 2011.

Could Griffin be the Browns superman?

Aside from rookie Greg Little, who showed some promise, the Browns simply lack the playmakers necessary to consistently put points on the scoreboard. And the issue goes beyond the wide receiver position. While a healthy Peyton Hillis will help (if he’s re-signed) even he isn’t a true playmaker. What the Browns need is someone their opponents need to game plan for, someone who can change the course of the game in a single play.

The easiest solution to this problem would be to add Robert Griffin III. While I believe Colt McCoy can be an effective starter if surrounded by a strong supporting cast, he will never have Griffin’s playmaking ability. McCoy can win with the right teammates, but Griffin has the potential to turn his teammates into winners.

But if Griffin is off the board, hope is not lost. The Browns still own three of the top 37 picks, and could acquire another if they trade down – which would make sense if the lose out in the bidding for Griffin.

If the Browns move back 5-10 slots to the middle of the 1st round they could potentially add Kendall Wright, who would immediately add a new dimension to their offense given his ability to stretch the field.

Then, either at No. 22 or in the 2nd round, the Browns could add another weapon – perhaps a playmaker at running back (Doug Martin or David Wilson) or a pass-catching tight end such as Coby Fleener or Ladarius Green.

The bottom line is this: the Browns have some glaring holes, but also have the ammunition necessary to address their areas of concern. Adding Griffin would help, but all will not be lost if they’re forced to return with Colt McCoy as the starter in 2012.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Browns 1 Comment

David Wilson scouting report

David Wilson RB Virginia Tech #4
Ht: 5’10″

Wt: 205

Well built for his size. Surprisingly tough to bring down. Great vision; does a nice job squeezing through tight holes between the tackles. Quick feet and impressive athletic ability; tough for defenders to tee him up for a big hit. Experienced as a receiver out of the backfield; good hands. Has experience returning kickoffs. Steady production throughout his career.
Slightly undersized; may struggle with a feature back workload at the next level. Sometimes tries to do too much; needs to be more decisive – pick a hole and hit it hard. Generally ineffective as a blocker; can slow some guys down, but doesn’t stonewall anyone and will occasionally completely whiff. Yards-per-attempt average is somewhat misleading; he’ll rip off a 12 yard run, then get stuffed in the backfield on the next play – isn’t consistently picking up 5 yards per touch.
Wilson definitely has the skill set to be an effective third-down back at the next level, and may be able to play a more significant role in the right system. I would hesitate to bring him aboard with the intent of making him a feature back, but he could be effective in a two-back system in which he gets 10-15 carries per game.
2011 vs Wake Forest
2011 vs Clemson 
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David Wilson files advisory committee paperwork

Is Wilson a top prospect?

Virginia Tech Hokies running back David Wilson has filed his paperwork with the NFL Draft advisory committee according to the Washington Post.

This is a relatively weak class for running backs, at least at the top of the board, and I would be mildly surprised if Wilson chose to return to school. He is probably a 2nd or 3rd-round prospect, and would be in the mix to be the second running back off the board behind Alabama’s Trent Richardson.

However, I do wonder if it’s time to start being skeptical of running backs from Virginia Tech. Over the past 10 years or so Frank Beamer seems to turn every running back that comes through his program into a collegiate star, but none have produced consistently at the next level.

The most notable busts were Kevin Jones and Lee Suggs. Ryan Williams, a 2nd-round pick in 2011, was the latest to enter the pros but has missed the entire season due to injury.

It would be unfair to dismiss Wilson due to past Hokie failures, but it’s certainly worth mentioning. He only has one full year of experience, and hasn’t exactly been tested against the toughest defenses in the nation while playing in the ACC.

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