Some facts on the Giants 2012 draft:
- Tampa traded up from 36 ahead of the Giants to 31.
- Tampa drafted Boise St. RB Doug Martin, a player that was unanimously more highly rated than Virginia Tech RB David Wilson, at least among “draftniks.”
- The Giants, unlike pretty much every other team in the first round, used up the entire allotted time to make their pick.
- The Giants then chose Wilson.
And now my speculation:
- The Giants wanted to pick Martin.
- He got snagged from under their clutches.
- They tried to trade out.
- They didn’t find any suitors.
- They settled on Wilson.
Giants GM Jerry Reese quickly denied that they wanted Martin:
“There’s been some conjecture that Tampa had moved up in front of us and took Martin. That’s not true … Martin would not have been our pick.”
“First of all, (Wilson) was the highest player on our board at the time that we picked,” Reese said. “That was an easy pick for us. It was a value and a need pick for us, we thought.”
What else is Reese going to say? “We wanted some other guy more than the guy we drafted?”
Anyway, whatever the case, these two players are going to be connected throughout their careers, so we may as well start now, since Martin ran for 265 yards and 4 TDs yesterday despite the Bucs being without their two starting guards:
Martin is on pace for 2078 yards from scrimmage.
Now, just because Wilson hasn’t gotten off to the same quick start that Martin has doesn’t mean Wilson won’t eventually be a great player. In fact, he was one of the players in training camp that thoroughly impressed me. Here’s what I wrote about Wilson back in August:
It’s impossible not to notice David Wilson. He’s so fast, but there are things about his game that annoy the Giants. Today he muffed a kick return. That earned a “Catch the ball David!” from Tom Coughlin. He also dropped an easy one in the flat. But then later he got a crease, exploded through it, then made a devastating cut in between two defenders. After practice, Coughlin was asked about Wilson and Reuben Randle, and what he needs to see from them against Jacksonville this week. ”We need to see ball security, we’d like to see David’s big play potential, and Reuben has been a guy that has caught the ball consistently all throughout camp. Very smooth, got himself open, caught the football, and I wouldn’t think that there’d be any reason not to expect him to continue to do that, but we’ll see how they do competing against someone else, other than our own people.” No surprise that “ball security” is the first thing Coughlin noted. Wilson is currently running with the 3′s behind Ahmad Bradshaw and DJ Ware, and you can kind of see why. Ware had a really nice blitz pickup on Chase Blackburn today. He’s a known, trustworthy commodity at this point. Wilson is not. I think that’s smart to have Wilson running with the 3′s. Make him earn a jump up the ladder when he does all the little things correctly. But again… obvious bigtime talent.
Wilson may very well be a stud whenever he proves he can protect the football, pick up blitzes, and be where he’s supposed to be in the passing game.
Doug Martin, however, was a ready-to-go product out of the box, and is suddenly tearing up the league.