David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
5-foot-10, 205 pounds
Draft projection: late first or early second round
Lowdown: Wilson placed second in triple jump and qualified for the NCAAs in 2010 and placed fourth in the triple jump at both the ACC indoor and outdoor championships in 2009. But he’s more than a track star turned running back and proved he can be a featured runner last season as a junior after sharing the load with Ryan Williams and Darren Evans as a sophomore. Scouts, Inc. makes him sound like a smaller version of Fred Jackson: “Hates going down. If anything he can get into trouble when he gets greedy. But he runs hard and he finishes. He wants the ball and he runs with a great deal of confidence. Runs like he's a 6-foot, 225-pound back.’’ Wilson rushed for 1,709 yards but ball security is a concern.
Wilson on the Combine: “I look at this combine thing as another track meet. I told my sister the other day on the phone ‘I finally get to run another track meet.’ You’ve got the broad jump, which is like the long jump, the 40 is like the 100, vertical jump, high jump. All this stuff just goes hand-in-hand, and at the end of the day, you’ve got football drills.”
On declaring for the draft: “If it had been lower [than a second-round projection], probably not. If it had been lower, it would’ve put more pressure on the decision and I probably would’ve come back to school. I got a second-round grade, and if I had gotten a third-round grade, I probably wouldn’t have done some of the stuff I did this past year and I would’ve come back.”