Sam SpiegelmanIn an ESPN Insider piece, Giants running back David Wilson is listed as one of five sophomore standouts poised to break out in their second season.
The article is authored by former NFL Rookie of the Year Matt Bowen, who spent seven years in the league.
From a player’s point of view, Bowen concedes ball security remains an issue with Wilson, who was red flagged for fumbling problems coming out of Virginia Tech. However, Wilson has improved in that area, and his top-end speed to the edge is too valuable of a trait to keep him off of the field.
“Wilson can develop into a player with game-breaking ability at the position. The one-back schemes out of the Giants’ offensive nickel personnel (three wide receivers on the field) like the zone, stretch and inside trap will allow Wilson to make one cut and get vertical up the field,” writes Bowen. “
There is no question Wilson will have to protect the football if he wants to be a consistent playmaker at the NFL level, but the skill set is there.”
Wilson, who is expected to compete with Andre Brown for the starting running back gig during training camp and the pre-season, is a popular selection for a potential breakout star in 2013.
The former Hokie totaled more than 1,900 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns in his rookie season, with nearly 900 yards and five scores coming after the Giants’ Week 11 bye.
The late-season production primed general manager Jerry Reese to say Wilson “can be a lead dog” back in January.
Wilson was joined on this exclusive list by Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins and Vikings safety Harrison Smith.
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