Photo of Brandon Wilds
Grade
4.94 ?
  • 4.54 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32" Arm Length
  • 220LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Wilds found himself on the field more quickly than most anticipated in his true freshman season, as multiple injuries at running back (including stud Marcus Lattimore) put him in the spotlight. He reached 100 yards in three of his five starts that year (finishing with 486 rush yards, three TD; 15-136 receiving). But Wilds' luck turned, and he was the one fighting off injuries throughout the rest of his career. A high-ankle sprain knocked him out for the entire 2012 season, while hamstring and elbow injuries limited him to seven games and two starts in 2013 (221 rush yards, three TD). He also suffered through knee and shoulder injuries as a junior but managed 570 rushing yards and four touchdowns (along with 18-143, one TD receiving). Even in his senior campaign, Wilds missed three games with bruised ribs but still led the team with 567 yards in nine starts.

Analysis

Strengths

Good size with bulk and willingness to block on third downs. Has some late cutback ability against second level linebackers. Looked comfortable in downhill, power scheme over off­set, inside zone scheme. Lowers shoulder into contact and continues to run his feet. Can absorb a blow and fall forward behind his pads. Proved to be functional in pass game with screens, swing passes and basic routes out of backfield.

Weaknesses

One­-note runner without the burst or wiggle to sneak through closing running lanes. Limited by scheme-fit. Not suited for one-­cut running. Balance is below average and doesn?t have the speed to turn the corner against NFL linebackers. Tries to finish runs prematurely. Hands are just average as a pass catcher and will fall prey to occasional focus drops. Unpredictable in his response to blitz in protection.

Bottom Line

Provided decent production during his run at South Carolina, but he never became the go­-to chain mover that South Carolina hoped he might become. Wilds runs hard and will usually get what?s blocked, but he's lacking the creativity or athleticism to transcend his South Carolina tape.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.