The Falcoholic Selects David Wilson In SB Nation Mock Draft

Feb 26, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies running back David Wilson does running drills during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

As I see it, reaction to this pick in SB Nation's annual NFL mock draft will break down into two camps.

The first camp loves David Wilson, thinks he's likely to be the best player available here and will rejoice.

The second camp thinks I'm a complete moron for selecting a running back this early in the draft, regardless of who it is.

However you slice it, this was the pick. I really enjoy the SBN mock every year because it gives me a chance to pit my picks against eventual reality. Sometimes I get it right (2009, Sean Weatherspoon) and sometimes I get it horribly wrong (2008, Jake Long and Joe Flacco).

But back to Wilson. Despite some issues with fumbling, Wilson is probably my second-favorite back in this draft, behind only stud runner Trent Richardson. He's got borderline elite athleticism, he can catch, he can run and he has surprising power for a back whose main calling card is his speed. The backfield may be a bit crowded in Atlanta if this comes to pass, but the team could certainly use Wilson and Michael Turner as the primary runners and Wilson and Jacquizz Rodgers as receivers, as well. Jason Snelling may get some run at fullback anyways.

Given the run on prospects I really wanted the Falcons to get in the second round (Brandon Thompson and Vinny Curry, among others), I decided to pull the trigger on what I believed to best the best player remaining. Wilson became the logical choice for me. Keep in mind that Turner's no lock to return beyond next season, and that Wilson is widely considered one of the most complete backs in this year's draft. He'll have little trouble carving out a role in 2012 and could be the feature back as soon as next year.

Your input on this pick?

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