Scouting director Marc Ross was asked if taking RB David Wilson in Round One was an easy pick. "Yeah, very. Very easy," he said.
Day One of the NFL Draft is over and the Giants feel they have been blessed. I don't like the idea of drafting a RB in the first round (and neither do you - only 5% of our readers were in favor of it) but it appears they feel they got a special player in Virginia Tech's David Wilson.
"Terrific football player," GM Jerry Reese said last night at TIMEX. "This guy loves to play football. We like all of that stuff about him. He’s fast. He’s productive. He can do anything you want him to do. He can catch the ball. He can return kicks. I think he was overall ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year there. He’s an early-out junior. Terrific football player. He’s a good piece to put in our running back stable along with some of the other backs that we have and we’re happy to have a player of his caliber."
"In the draft there are certain players that you evaluate when you go through the process that despite differences on what you think his speed or toughness or this and that is, you come away at the end of your report saying this guy’s a good football player," said Marc Ross, the Giants' Director of College Scouting. "There are only a handful of those guys in the draft every year and in our meeting this was one of those players where everybody, despite what you may have thought, came away at the end of the report and said this guy’s a good football player. That’s very intriguing."
"He has great energy when you speak to him. He is knowledgeable," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "He presents himself very, very well. You’re probably well aware of that. But he’s the kind of guy that we felt would add very much to our present situation in terms of the big play potential. 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 were fortunate in that the players that we had set aside were all of need, need positions, and this guy was the highest rated."
Reese said that Wilson was not brought in to replace the incumbent Ahmad Bradshaw, who has been hobbled by foot and leg injuries the past few seasons, but simply to augment the team's ground game.
"I don’t think Ahmad’s role is going to change," Reese said. "He’s going to be our lead dog and again, this guy is going to be a nice piece in our running back stable. It’s up to the coaches how they want to use him."
Ross feels Wilson as about a "can't miss" a player as they come, stating he will be an elite RB at this level. When as asked about what type of intel he received about Wilson, the praise was a-plenty:
"Tremendous. Tremendous. ‘The best I’ve ever coached’ kind of reports. ‘Best worker in here.’ ‘Pound for pound strongest.’ ‘Loves the game.’ When you get those types of accolades from coaches, trainers, equipment people, whoever deals with the kid, and blend it together with a great football player you can’t go wrong."
Coughlin was the only one to temper the enthusiasm. Wilson does have some holes in his game and it will be his (and RB Jerald Ingram's) job to fix them:
"This young man was attractive to us for many reasons. Obviously his speed, you have a 4.4 running back. You have a guy who’s the ACC Player of the Year, 1700 yards rushing, kickoff returns for a career over a thousand yards, 1300-plus yards, caught the ball out of the backfield. Needs some work in some of the other areas. You know, 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. But I think every team has done that with him and he’s very, very much aware of that."
The draft is off to a good start for the Giants. The first round is always the hardest for them. From here on in, the rest should be gravy.
Quotes courtesy of Giants Communications Dept