Since being drafted in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, rookie running back David Wilson has received nothing but tremendous praise by scouts, pundits, coaches and teammates. A week ago, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said he may be the most explosive player he's ever coached. Over the weekend, that sort of next level esteem continued to be heaped upon the rookie as linebacker Chase Blackburn said Wilson reminded him a lot of future NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson.
“He reminds me of [Tomlinson] when I first came into the league a little bit, just the speed and like the vision and stuff,” Blackburn said.
The significance of that compliment wasn't lost on Wilson, who doesn't seem to mind the pressure that's being put on him.
“Hope I have the same career — or better,” Wilson said. "I’m competitive, so I’m gonna get after it. You always gotta try to be the best, that’s how I figure it.”
Considering Wilson hasn't taken so much as a single training camp snap, expectations should probably be tempered. After all, everyone remembers the last time the Giants drafted a running back in the first round who had similarly high expectations. To say that didn't work out would be a bit of an understatement.
Still, Wilson has all the tools, athletic ability and instincts to be a tremendous football player in the NFL. If he can stay healthy, familiarize himself with the system and not float away as a result of all of these comparisons and compliments, he stands a good chance of making an immediate impact … which is something he fully expects of himself.
“I’m going in expecting to make an immediate impact,” Wilson says.
If nothing else, this sure gives fans something to look forward to come training camp.
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