Michael Turner is definitely the man in the Falcons' backfield for 2012, but there's no denying the fact he will need replacing in the relatively near future. David Wilson is a name that popped up on some very early mock drafts in 2011, and after falling off a bit, he's made a resurgence. Several sites/sources are starting to list Wilson as Atlanta's Round 2 pick in April. Let's take a look at the latest dark horse to land in Georgia.
Wilson, a speedy runner out of Va Tech, is listed as 5'10", 205 lbs. with a 4.42 40 time. He finished his junior campaign with 1,790 yards and nine scores on 290 carries. He only had 172 touches in his first two seasons for the Hokies, so he doesn't have a whole lot of tread taken off his proverbial tires.
Scouts love his quickness and ability to break away from defenders in the open field. Despite being a little undersized, Wilson is often labeled as a tough runner. He fights for yardage and makes sure he gets the most out of every run.
He has great hands, and with his home-run capability at any time, Wilson could factor in nicely to Atlanta's promised screen game in 2012. He also has experience as a kick returner, which could be a starting point for him if Eric Weems is shown the door.
He does have a few negative aspects surrounding him. If you watched Va Tech's Thursday night game at Georgia Tech, you will recall his lapse in judgment on a few plays running east to west. At times he will try too hard to make something out of nothing, and wind up with a huge loss in the backfield. He needs to learn when it's acceptable to acknowledge a bad play when he sees one.
Another downside is his effectiveness in pass blocking, which is basically little to none. He wasn't asked to take on that task a lot, so with some work he could make huge strides.
The biggest issue, though, is whether or not Atlanta should use their first pick to address Turner's replacement. There are so many other needs on this team, and depending on what happens in free agency, the Falcons may have some serious holes to fill on the depth chart.
Wilson is obviously talented, and he will likely make an impact for whatever team he ventures to. The question is, should the Falcons call his name on April 27? Thoughts?