With the 32nd pick in the First Round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Running Back, David Wilson of Virginia Tech. The Giants were in need of a running back after Brandon Jacobs left this off-season and signed with the
Francisco 49ers, so drafting Wilson
not only added talent but filled a need.
This is the earliest the Giants have taken a running back since drafting
Ron Dayne out of Wisconsin in the
first round in 2000.
That may be what the Giants actually covet most and could be the big reason why the Giants selected
Wilson. He is a more than capable return man, going
for 1,324 kickoff return yards and two touchdowns in his three years at
Virginia Tech. Wilson
offers the Giants another option to the backfield and can bring some excitement
to the return game as well, two areas in which the team struggled in last
There are some things that
will have to work on, as like any rookie coming into the NFL out of
college. As Tom Coughlin said, “Needs
some work in some of the other areas – pass protection and that kind of thing,
as do a lot of these young guys. And
also the question comes up about ball security and we’ll remind him of that
right away.” Wilson’s had problems with sometimes holding onto the ball,
fumbling seven times last year, losing the ball four of the times. Luckily for him, Coughlin has been pretty
good at fixing that problem with running backs in the past.
“He’s the kind of guy that we felt would add very much to our present situation in terms of big play potential,” Coughlin said. “He’s one of the guys that has the speed and maneuverability to make the big play and that’s what was very important to us at this time.”
“We’re looking at the fact that Brandon [Jacobs] is no longer here and we do have to try to balance that out,” Coughlin would later add. “We believe that you do have to have multiple runners or at least two that can effectively take the field at any time, and this young man we thought was one of those that can be a big play threat.”
Jerry Reese would admit that there were many options available for the Giants when they were on the clock that they were not expecting to be there. But he was quick to say that
Wilson was their
guy. They had him as the second rated
running back behind Trent Richardson and when their pick came around Wilson’s
name was atop the board. Reese seemed to
be very happy with the pick while being interviewed afterwards. “
“Terrific football player,” Reese said. “This guy loves to play football. He is fast, he is productive, he can do anything you want him to do. He can catch the ball and return kicks. He is a good piece to put in our running back stable.”
There are not many people who can rival the athleticism of Wilson, who is able to do more than a dozen back flips. The Giants actually have one of the few people who can in Jason Pierre-Paul who is a renowned acrobat in his own right. The Giants have fared pretty well so far with Pierre-Paul and can only hope
can bring the same type of impact.
Here are the videos of Wilson and Pierre-Paul showing off their athleticism.