Brandon Wilds, RB, South Carolina – 2016

Postseason Events: NFLPA Bowl and NFL Combine.

Positives: Was a redshirt senior, so he has a lot of experience. For a running back, he has great height and above-average bulk. Very good height for a fullback. Built more like a solid wide receiver. Great hand size. Is a tough runner even when stopped behind the line. Seems to shed arm tackles effortlessly, churning well through contact. He runs with adequate long speed and is also fairly agile and shows a good spin move. Above-average hands and can extend for passes away from his frame fairly well. Adequate ball security technique when going through the line. Fair downfield run blocker. Runs with adequate track speed for the position, and above-average for his size. Above-average vertical leap and broad jump at Combine and pro day – indicating potential for some explosiveness at the next level. Adequate lateral quickness in pro day tests. Above-average ability to change directions with burst in Combine measurements. Adequate upper body strength.

Negatives: Below-average bulk for a fullback. Inconsistent concentration, and will sometimes turn upfield before securing the catch. Okay ball security technique through the line, but may be lacking in strength. Below-average burst. Hurt ankle and missed most of the early part of 2012.  Broken ribs during 2015 season and missed a few weeks.

Projection: Undrafted free agent. For a team looking for a fullback who can also catch the ball, Wilds should fit the bill. But his surprising athleticism for his size may make him an attractive target for a team looking for a power runner portion of a committee approach.

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