Who they selected: With the selection of electrifying junior David Wilson out of Virginia Tech, the New York Giants drafted a RB in the 1st round for the first time in 11 years. The 2011 ACC Player of the Year and second-team All-American racked up 1,709 YDs and 9 TDs last season.
How it went down: The Draft fell just the Giants' way on Thursday night. While a feeding frenzy of trades were going on in front of them, (including every team in their division) the Giants bided their time and let the Draft come to them. No doubt they were surprised to find some highly-rated players still available at the 32nd pick. While likely tempted by players like Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia and Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford, the Giants are a team that trusts their draft board, and Wilson sat atop theirs.
How he fits in: Wilson will likely come in and take over as the #2 RB on the Giants, backing up talented but oft-injured Ahmad Bradshaw. An All-American in track as well, Wilson will likely play a large role in New York’s kick return game, an long-time area of weakness for the Super Bowl Champs.
Instant analysis: Wilson has big-play ability with blazing speed and nimble feet. If he gets to the edge and can turn the corner, he is a dangerous back. He will have to work on two key areas, ball-control and pass blocking, if he wants to become a feature back at the next level. These are two areas however that coach Tom Coughlin has a strong track record of coaching up.
Time will tell whether the Giants will regret passing on the massive Glenn or athletic Fleener, but General Manager Jerry Reese has earned the benefit of the doubt in his selection here. David Wilson is an explosive back that adds another playmaker to an already prolific Giants offense. While not their biggest identified need, perhaps it’s an indicator that Bradshaw’s foot problems are worse than we know. If the Giants think this is an ongoing issue, Wilson becomes a solid insurance policy. For now we’ll assume it’s not. With that in mind it’s an exciting pick, but feels a bit like a luxury.