2012 NFL Mock Draft: David Wilson To Falcons Makes Sense

With the 55th pick in SB Nation's 2012 NFL mock draft, the Atlanta Falcons select Virginia Tech RB David Wilson.

I love this pick. Michael Turner is on the down slide and Wilson can step right in and contribute. This is the Falcons first pick of the draft due to the Julio Jones trade last year.

SB Nation's The Falcoholic explains the pick:

Honestly, I wanted to go with Kelechi Osemele, Vinny Curry, Brandon Thompson or Dwayne Allen here. All four went off the board in rapid succession right in front of me, so I consider this somewhat of a worst-case scenario for the Falcons.

The consolation prize is pretty darn good, though. Wilson is a versatile, potent running back who can carry the rock with alacrity and catch passes with poise. The Falcons have been missing a truly three dimensional, starting-caliber back since Warrick Dunn hit the twilight of his career, and Wilson would give their already dynamic offense a huge boost. Pair him with mighty mite back Jacquizz Rodgers and still valuable battering ram Michael Turner in 2012 and watch the fireworks. By 2013, when Turner's contract is up, he could be the new feature back.

It's fair to argue that the team has bigger needs here, but I see a smart Falcons front office going with the best player available rather than reaching for an inferior prospect along the offensive or defensive line. Wilson it is.

For more analysis of the pick, visit Mocking The Draft. SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain, is on the clock with the 56th pick.

For more draft news on the Falcons, visit The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta. And click here to follow along the rest of SB Nation's NFL mock draft.

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