James Wilder, Jr., RB/FB, Florida State


UDFA. Signed by the Bengals as a UDFA but was released in August and put on their practice squad. Was a junior. Son of former Buccaneers RB James Wilder. His only real NFL-quality asset is his power, which he has in spades. This should be enough for some team to make him a short-yardage or committee running back with five or so touches per game.

Positives: Great height for a running back, and with enough bulk to be a fullback or an H-back. Above-average hand size. Has above-average vision for cutback lanes. Runs with good power, and churns his legs strong through contact – with high knees to get through traffic. Good lean in short-yardage opportunities. Shows fair balance after contact. Is also an above-average run blocker.

Negatives: At best, his speed and burst are adequate. At the Combine, he had poor track speed. Though his body lean is good in short yardage, he usually runs too upright. Also has serious character red flags, and was arrested for nonviolent offenses three times in a year. Had a concussion in October 2013 and missed a game. Adequate upper body strength. Arrested on outstanding traffic warrant in April 2014.

Projection: I can see him turning into an effective vulture in fantasy leagues, and a boom-or-bust RB4 type who will get RB2-level points on goal-line touches every few games. Worth stashing in deep dynasty leagues.

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