5-10, 215, 4.68
West Virginia University
Projected Draft Position: 4th Round
As draft day draws closer, the focus becomes even clearer for the Dallas Cowboys.
Without question, the team needs to improve its position on the offensive line and at running back. Today, we take a closer look at West Virginia running back Quincy Wilson, a punishing offensive player with a wealth of untapped potential.
Last season, Wilson became a full time starter rushing 282 times for 1,380 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also added 15 receptions for 95 yards and another score through the air.
Perhaps he is best known for his punishing reception against the Miami Hurricanes, when he took a screen pass and rambled into the endzone from 33-yards out to give the Mountaineers a 2 point lead over 2nd ranked Miami with just 2 minutes left to play.
The Hurricanes would rally to win the game, but Wilson's run would go down as one of the top plays of the year. On the play, it looked as though Wilson would be stopped behind the line of scrimmage, before he bulldozed his way over a Miami linebacker and jumped over a defensive back on his way to the end zone.
|Quincy Wilson rushed for almost 1,400 yards last year, but most remember him for his 33-yard touchdown against Miami.|
"Quincy Wilson is a tough inside runner that showed himself to be a heavy duty ball carrier last season," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline. "He's got a powerful lower body, and can quickly regaining balance off initial contact to help pick up tough yardage downfield. He also works his runs and takes the important hand offs late in a game."
Wilson is projected by most draft analysts to go somewhere in the 4th round. Some teams question his size, at 5-feet-9 inches tall, while others question his speed.
"He's more of a straight line runner that cannot quickly cut it back or turn the corner. And he has only a short burst of speed and can't really run to daylight," adds Pauline.
For the Cowboys, Wilson is a running back that has ample size, a good work ethic, and the ability to pick up extra yardage after the initial hit.
Is he one of the top running backs on the board? Certainly not, but he could be a nice late addition in either the fourth or fifth round, should Jerry Jones and company elect to go after a running back at that time.
Wilson has the potential to develop into an excellent short yardage back at the NFL level. There are justified concerns about his size and speed, but his work ethic and attitude are two areas that many feel are Wilson's strengths.
It won't be enough to see him taken in the first two rounds, but he could be a quality pick up for the Cowboys with one of their last two picks.