The Giants’ drafting of first-round pick RB David Wilson from Virginia Tech makes their backfield picture — as well as perhaps their special teams — a little clearer.
The free-agent loss of Brandon Jacobs, flawed as he might have been, opened up an important job in the RB rotation, although Wilson is by no means a Jacobs doppelganger. In an interview with WFAN radio, Wilson described himself as a hybrid of the Ravens’ Ray Rice and the Texans’ Arian Foster, but we hear some Giants people see a little Tiki Barber in Wilson, too.
Like Barber, Wilson enters the NFL with the reputation as a fumbler (nine lost in 499 college touches on offense), but head coach Tom Coughlin personally worked with Barber on the way he handled the ball well into his career and appeared to curb the bad habit significantly.
The move to draft Wilson might actually have been made less with Jacobs in mind and more with projected starter Ahmad Bradshaw, whose chronic foot problems have worried the Giants. Although Bradshaw says he hopes to be ready by training camp after having bone-marrow injections to speed up the healing process, the Giants knew they needed more depth and insurance at the position. (Read Full)