Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/23/12
Despite having Ahmad Bradshaw, who had a very productive year in 2010, the Giants' rushing offense ranked dead last in the NFL last season.

Bradshaw missed a good portion of the season with a foot injury, but even when the starter was healthy and on the field, the running game was very inconsistent.

The Giants don’t have a great run blocking offensive line, and they would rather let Eli Manning throw the ball 45 plus times a game than stay balanced on offense.
I don’t expect David Wilson to completely change any of this. I would be surprised if the Giants finish dead last in rushing again, but with no early draft picks used on the offensive line the Giants simply lack the pieces in place to be an above average running offense.
None of this means that Wilson can’t be a solid fantasy player next season. I expect him to get between 5-10 carries a game initially. However, if Bradshaw struggles again like he did last season, then I would not rule out the possibility of Wilson emerging as the starter. Bradshaw only averaged 3.9 yards-per-carry last year.
What type of player is Wilson? Although many draft analysts would disagree with me, I believe that Wilson was without a doubt the second best running back to come out this year. I really love what I see on film from this guy. Wilson ran for over 1,700 yards at 5.9 yards per carry in his junior year at Virginia Tech before declaring himself eligible for the Draft.
What really jumps out at you about Wilson is his explosiveness. His top-end speed is very transparent watching him. Breakaway runs won’t be as routine for Wilson in the NFL as they were for him in college, but his raw athletic ability makes him a threat to take it to the house on every run. He has outstanding balance which he really uses to his advantage in the open field.
Although Wilson isn’t physically imposing, he runs with surprising power and always keeps his legs moving. He consistently battles for the extra yard, which has at times led to fumble issues. Wilson also struggles in pass protection. Aside from these correctable issues, however, Wilson has no major flaws in his game.

He exhibits unusual quickness in hitting the hole when it’s there, but he’s also a patient runner when blocking calls for it. Wilson possesses great vision and cutback ability as well.
Wilson has all the tools necessary to become an elite running back in the NFL. His production matched his talent in his junior year, so I would be surprised if he didn’t live up to expectations at the next level. I think Wilson will eventually be a better running back than Ahmad Bradshaw. Whether or not this will become apparent next season remains to be seen. This uncertainty of course hurts Wilson’s fantasy value.
I expect Wilson to be drafted in most leagues, even if not until the later rounds. Due to his potential, he’s certainly worth a late-round pick. You just might end up with a top 15 running back if Ahmad Bradshaw gets off to another slow start next season. If not, then you’re still drafting an essential fantasy handcuff.

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