So far, we’ve profiled Ahmad Bradshaw, Victor Cruz, and Hakeem Nicks. Today, we’ll analyze Giants’ first round rookie running back, David Wilson. The Giants let Brandon Jacobs walk effectively creating an opportunity in the Giants’ backfield. The Giants’ wasted little time selecting the VT Hokie with their first round pick. Entering this season, Wilson is one of the most intriguing fantasy options. Will he provide value in 2012?

The Overview

As noted above, the Giants allowed Brandon Jacobs to walk. Bradshaw and Jacobs nearly split carries last year (171 to 150), so the opportunities will be there for Wilson. In addition, Wilson was very highly regarded for his exceptional vision and his footwork in the open field. On any given play, Wilson has the uncanny ability to make multiple defenders miss. His pass blocking needs some work, but at this point, that’s secondary.

The Positives

Even though the Giants’ ranked dead last in rushing yards per game, Tom Coughlin emphasized it during the playoffs. Bradshaw and Jacobs gored the Patriot defense for over 100 yards en route to the Super Bowl win. Expect Coughlin’s crew to run somewhat of a balanced offense giving Wilson an opportunity to shine. Wilson averaged nearly 5.9 yards per carry last season while Bradshaw only managed 3.9 yards per carry. In addition, Wilson has been penciled in on special teams. He can offer value for those that play in return touchdown formats.

The Negatives

Wilson is a rookie so he’ll start the season spelling Bradshaw. Many people expect Bradshaw to remain fully healthy and take on a larger role in the offense. Also remember that the Giants have shifted towards a more pass-friendly attack. Wilson may not see many opportunities if Eli is tossing the rock to Cruz and Nicks. Also, the Giants do not run a comparable zone blocking scheme, so he may have some trouble at first. 

The Outlook

According to MDC, Wilson is currently being selected as the 89th player and 37th running back off the board. If Bradshaw were to go down, Wilson would stand in line to take the lion’s share of carries. Personally, I don’t have a ton of faith in the Giant ground game and I’m 100 percent in favor of ‘Air Giants’. 

2012 Projection: 120 carries, 490 yards, 15 catches, 90 yards, 5 TDs