With the 32nd, and final pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected David Wilson, running back from Virginia Tech. The reaction among Big Blue fans? Mixed.
Some Giants fans love the pick as the team replaced the departed Brandon Jacobs and added terrific speed to the running back position. Others have the strong opinion that General Manager Jerry Reese and the Giants should have selected an offensive lineman or tight end Coby Fleener. The latter likely believe the running back position was not a need entering the draft. The Giants still have Ahmad Bradshaw, D.J. Ware, and Da’rel Scott on the roster. So, why take Wilson in the first round?
I am here today to tell all Giants fans..you will love this first round pick sooner rather than later. Normally, you would want a first round selection to immediately become a starter. However, with the way the Giants play football, starter or backup really does not matter when talking about running backs. The G-Men constantly use two running backs. Wilson will prove to be a preferred option over Ware and Scott.
The argument that improving the offensive line was more important is a legitimate statement. However, the line may not be as bad as some perceive. The Giants have some nice talent and depth on the line. They did a lot of moving around last season, which could have caused some of the early problems. With another training camp together, the line should gel even more. It may not be the best in the league, but don’t be surprised to see an improved and decent offensive line this season.
Back to Wilson…
Expect Wilson to come in and win the back up running back spot. He will see significant playing time. In Wilson, the Giants see an exceptional back with tremendous athletic ability. His speed is breathtaking. Rumor has it, Wilson once chased down a rabbit running full speed and touched it. This speed will become an asset to the Giants.
Wilson has good hands and can also catch the ball out of the backfield. He is a versatile back. His one downfall is blocking. Beginning next week in rookie camp, Wilson will need to work on his blocking. If he can do this, there is no stopping what he can do on the field.
Not only can Wilson be productive out of the backfield, he will, most likely, contribute in the return game as well. His speed and athleticism will be used on kick returns. Giants fans will, once again, have a reason to pay attention on kickoffs. It’s been a while since New York had a legitimate home run threat in that area.
The NFL has become a speed game. Speed brings excitement. The defending Super Bowl champions improved their team while bringing some added excitement to the roster when they drafted David Wilson. Like the pick or not, you will learn to love it in time.