The New York Giants selected Virginia Tech RB David Wilson with the 32nd overall selection in the NFL Draft.
Fantasy analysis: With Brandon Jacobs gone to San Francisco, the G-men needed a complement to Ahmad Bradshaw and another backup carrier besides Danny Ware and Da'Rel Scott. But they didn't tab a traditional power carrier; Wilson is quite similar to Bradshaw in size (5-foot-10, 206 pounds) and style (more so slasher with hints of power running).
Wilson is a tough runner and could develop into a three-down back if he becomes more assertive between the tackles and improves his pass protection; that might give him an advantage over Ware and Scott. The Super Bowl champs had the fewest rushing yards in the league last year and should aim to use the ground more often. Bradshaw's ongoing foot issues mean changeup touches could lead to injury-replacement starter duty and fantasy relevance if he rises from this pack.
You likely won't have to use anything more than a late-round flier to find out in both single-year and keeper setups.
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