David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs the ball against Thomas Gordon #30 and Jake Ryan #90 of the Michigan Wolverines in the second quarter during the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
With the 37th pick of Pride of Detroit's 2012 NFL mock draft, the Cleveland Browns select Virginia Tech running back David Wilson. Ee Oulo stepped in as an alternate general manager to make the Browns' selection, and his reasoning for the pick is below.
The overhaul of this anemic offense is well underfoot with first-round picks of Justin Blackmon and the strong-armed QB Ryan Tannehill to deliver him the ball. The makeover of this offense still has the dire need of a ground threat and that's where David Wilson, a running back from Virginia Tech, fits in.
Wilson is a jack-of-all-trades back that will help make up for the deficiencies in the game of the other backs on the roster. He'll have no problem taking the feature back role of this offense in short order and providing a potent alternative threat for new starting QB Tannehill (yup!). He's an elusive back that is able to work the sides or right up the middle. He's got wiggle to his game but doesn't drop at the slightest touch and can pick up the tough yards.
While Montario Hardesty or Chris Ogbonnaya are likely to leech their share of third down touches, Wilson will provide a more rounded option and perhaps become one of the leagues few every down backs. He is exactly what this offense needs! While he has very good hands in the passing game, he has shown a problem with losing the ball from time to time. Ball security will be his major obstacle to becoming considered a high end back in the league. If he can get over the dropsies and learn to diagnose his lanes at an NFL level, the sky is the limit for him and this now high-powered offense.
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