RB DAVID WILSON – VIRGINIA TECH – 5-10, 206
Junior. Gifted runner. Has a good combination of size and speed. Spent the first couple of seasons splitting carries with Darren Evans and Ryan Williams. Wilson finally got to be “the man” in 2011 and responded with a great year. Ran for 1,709 yards and finished 8th in the nation in rushing. Wilson was an excellent role player prior to 2011. Averaged 5.8 ypc for his career. Only caught 37 passes. Good KOR. Averaged 27 yards per KOR in 2010 and took 2 kicks all the way back for scores.
Very talented RB. Fast. Runs hard and will fight through arm tackles. Wilson is a very good outside runner. He is great in the zone read stuff. He can get the ball on the dive and just fly upfield if he’s got a hole. He also can go wide and then turn upfield (on that play that Oregon is so deadly with). Wilson either runs horizontally or attacks the LOS so it is hard to judge his ability to read blocks. He’s got excellent raw ability. Good body control. Cuts well on the move. Able to plant and burst. Tough to tackle. Will run through contact and runs hard so he doesn’t go down easily.
There is one glaring problem with Wilson. He’s a fumbler. That issue can be corrected, but it affected him all 3 years. The fact it didn’t get fixed in college is a concern. NFL tacklers will only make things worse with the way they hit and can strip the ball. Didn’t do the bench press at the Combine. Arms don’t appear overly muscular so simply getting stronger could help the situation.
Odd note with Wilson…ran for 9 TDs in 2011. 3 came vs Appalachian State, 1 vs Arkansas State, and 1 vs Marshall. Only 4 came vs ACC competition. E-W running style isn’t as effective at the goal line.
Great showing at the Combine. Wilson caught the ball well and looked good as a runner. Added a 41-inch vertical. Won’t fit every offense, but plenty of teams will have interest. Should be a 2nd round pick. I do wonder if teams will be bothered by the struggles of other Virginia Tech runners who could not make the transition to the NFL.