Son of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions running back James Wilder, who ran for 6,008 yards in his career and made the Pro Bowl following the 1984 season in which he ran for 1,544 yards and 13 touchdowns. 2013: Played in 13 games and made one start. 2012: Played in all 14 games and made one start. Was the ACC Championship Game MVP after scoring two touchdowns. 2011: Played in 12 games. High school: Considered best football athlete in the country after playing both running back and linebacker at Plant High School in Tampa.
Looks the part -- built like a cut-up strong safety with tight skin and layered muscle. Equipped to withstand the pounding of inside running. Effective in short-yardage situations. Good balance. Runs behind his pads. Robust tackle-breaker -- churns out yards after contact and carries defenders. Brandishes a stiff-arm. Explosive, well-conditioned athlete with very low body fat. Enters the league relatively fresh, having carried just 226 times in three seasons. Averaged 7 yards per carry in 2013 and averaged a TD every 10 carries from 2012-13. Clear upside. Has NFL bloodlines.
Has a long torso, runs upright and exposes his frame to hits. Lacks ideal foot speed -- gets tracked down from behind. Tight-hipped with limited wiggle. Gears down to cut and does not string moves together. Lets throws into his body. Could stand to improve as a blocker. Was not a feature back in college. Durability has been an issue -- hurt his shoulder and sustained a concussion in 2013. Has multiple arrests in his past -- character and maturity need to be investigated.
Round 7-Priority free agent
Physically gifted, energetic, pedigreed runner with potential to develop into a productive sledgehammer and be a better pro than college player if he embraces a violent running style, remains healthy and keeps his head screwed on straight.