2016 NFL Draft: South Carolina RB Brandon Wilds has the ability to contribute to both the run and pass game.
Brandon Wilds has the ability to contribute to both the run and pass game. In four seasons with South Carolina, he amassed 1,447 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The lack of production Wilds had at South Carolina was due in part to injuries. Ankle, shoulder, hamstring, and other issues kept him from reaching his full potential.
School: South Carolina
Weight: 220 lbs
Few carries through his years with South Carolina led to a lack of productivity, but Wilds showed flashes of talent. He has a good build for an NFL back and explosiveness in open space.
If he can find a hole, Wilds can be a playmaker. He has the ability to break tackles and gain yards after contact. Wilds has good ball protection and the desire to contribute.
Wilds will need to improve as a blocker when he enters the league. He could be a one-dimensional back if he does not improve his route-running and catching abilities.
Wilds struggles to find opportunities unless holes are provided for him. His speed could improve to truly be competitive.
Injuries could scare away teams, particularly in the earlier rounds of the draft. A late pick might be worth the risk on a back that has the physical potential to succeed, despite spending significant time on the bench in college.
Wilds will need to develop as a multi-dimensional back to truly be a threat in the league. He has the build and basic skill set to evolve in time at the next level, but his speed may be a longterm issue.