What he brings: An explosive back with excellent top-end speed and runs with great determination. However, Wilson needs to improve in terms of vision, patience and ball security. In addition, Wilson is not a natural receiver and lacks versatility, considering his size.
How he fits: This has a little bit of the feel of a reach pick at a position of need, which isn't really the Giants' way of doing things. Without Brandon Jacobs and with question marks around Ahmad Bradshaw's health and ability to carry the load, the need is for a guy with a complete skill set. While Wilson has good all-around skills, he doesn't dazzle you with power as a runner and he doesn't dazzle you in the passing game. He looks more like a complementary back in an offense that would really like to get back to pounding the ball and controlling the clock.
Biography: Started 14 games last season, earning All-American and all-conference honors while also being named ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Rushing totals last season included 290 attempts/1709 yards/9 TDs with 22 receptions/129 yards/1 TD as a receiver. Sophomore totals included ground totals of 113/619/5 with 15/234/4 as a receiver.
Positives: Explosive running back who can turn it on in a single step. Patient, runs with good lean and possesses a terrific burst. Quickly gets through the cutback lanes, possesses enough speed to turn the corner and can switch gears then run away from defenders. Keeps his feet moving off the initial hit and quickly gets back to running balance. Agile, gets through the small creases of the defense and flashes the ability to break tackles and pick up yardage off initial contact.
Negatives: Shows hesitation in his game. Not a big-bodied ballcarrier. Fights the ball as a receiver on occasion.
Analysis: After a moderately productive sophomore campaign, Wilson watched his game take off last season and moves toward April's draft as one of the better ballcarriers available. He does not possess the size to be a featured runner, but he should be an exceptional situational back with the skills necessary to create his own yardage and break long runs.