Originally written on DraftAce  |  Last updated 11/30/11

Is Wilson a top prospect?

Virginia Tech Hokies running back David Wilson has filed his paperwork with the NFL Draft advisory committee according to the Washington Post.

This is a relatively weak class for running backs, at least at the top of the board, and I would be mildly surprised if Wilson chose to return to school. He is probably a 2nd or 3rd-round prospect, and would be in the mix to be the second running back off the board behind Alabama’s Trent Richardson.

However, I do wonder if it’s time to start being skeptical of running backs from Virginia Tech. Over the past 10 years or so Frank Beamer seems to turn every running back that comes through his program into a collegiate star, but none have produced consistently at the next level.

The most notable busts were Kevin Jones and Lee Suggs. Ryan Williams, a 2nd-round pick in 2011, was the latest to enter the pros but has missed the entire season due to injury.

It would be unfair to dismiss Wilson due to past Hokie failures, but it’s certainly worth mentioning. He only has one full year of experience, and hasn’t exactly been tested against the toughest defenses in the nation while playing in the ACC.

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