The Giants run game ranked a league worst 32nd in the league last season (89 YPG). Ahmad Bradshaw has two cranky feet that forced him to miss 4 games in 2011 and DJ Ware has sustained 4 concussions in the past three seasons leaving significant questions regarding his longevity for the NFL.
The defending Super Bowl champs let Brandon Jacobs walk (signed with San Francisco). Big Blue’s thunder & lightning ground attack was in need of a jolt of youth which led to the selection of Virginia Tech’s David Wilson with the final pick of the first round (#32 overall). The ACC Player of the Year ran for 1,709 yards in 2011 and topped 100 yards in 10 games.
Bradshaw will get the start (provided that he’s healthy) but questions remain as to whether he can be a full-time RB. We expect Wilson to see 25%-30% of the RB duties during his rookie season making him a RB3/Flex play in 2012.
DraftCountdown.com notes that Wilson is an explosive RB with an aggressive nature that excels in yards after contact.
Walterfootball.com gave the David Wilson a C grade noting that the Giants wanted Doug Martin (Tampa traded back into round 1 and took him at #31).
ProFootballFocus.com expects the addition of David Wilson could result in the Giants becoming a more balanced offense - less pass attempts for Eli & crew.
FantasyLeagueGM ranks David Wilson as their #42 fantasy RB entering 2012.
GiantsFootballBlog.com compares Wilson to Tiki Barber as both have suffered from a case of fumbleitus.
Ahmad Bradshaw will miss the Giants OTAs but should be ready for training camp after receiving an injection of bone marrow from his hip in his troublesome right foot.
FANTASY FOOTBALL SPIN:
ADP: 115 Overall / RB45
The Virginia Tech running back (5’10, 206) has been lauded for his ability to gain yards after contact. Wilson’s led the nation with 990 yards after contact - 267 more than #3 overall pick Trent Richardson (Wilson had 290 carries to Richardson’s 283).
The junior RB set a Virginia Tech record in his final year of college ball with 1,719 rushing yards (impressive average of 5.9 yards per attempt). He also totaled nine touchdowns and caught 22 passes last season. Wilson also has experience as a kick returner and amassed 1,324 return yards (4th best in school history).
The Giants ground game is lacking a big play threat as their longest run from scrimmage last season was 37 yards by Bradshaw. Wilson explosive playmaking ability was on display at the combine as he ran a 4.49 40-yard-dash, 4.12 20-yard shuffle and topped all running backs by jumping 41 inches in the vertical jump and 11 feet in the broad jump.
The Giants faces the 17th most favorable schedule for opposing Running Backs but it’s worth noting that they face Baltimore in week 16 (fantasy Super Bowl). Big Blue’s O-line battled injuries in 2011 (missed 16 games combined) but this unit is versatile and deep. The loss of veteran RT Raleigh McKenzie is cause for concern.
Wilson might not see more than 6-8 carries a game with Ahmad Bradshaw likely to carry the load in 2012 but his inability to stay healthy leaves the door open for Wilson to produce in his rookie season. Wilson doesn’t have the first year upside of Richardson or Doug Martin making him more of later round target (after round 10) and must own handcuff for Bradshaw owners. Bradshaw (26 years old) is signed through 2014 which also somewhat limits Wilson dynasty appeal.