2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 55

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 10: David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies breaks upfield against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We continue the second round with the Atlanta Falcons and the No. 55 pick.

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

If you're any proper fan of the Falcons, you've known this pick for a few days. If you're not, get more from Dave Choate and his merry band of Southern-fried Falcons fans over at the Falcoholic. You get it? Like alcoholic, but for Falcons fans! Read his pick explanation after the jump.

Dave Choate explains: 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.

Dan Kadar responds: The sad circumstance of trading away an extra first-round pick for Julio Jones is that you miss out on a crapshoot of a pick. What's that? That's still a great trade for the Falcons, regardless of how it may bone their 2012 draft? It sure is. Look at it this way as well: With Wilson, the Falcons can finally move on from having a Virginia Tech player who did dumb stuff off the field to one who wore ties to class. Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, Hi, Tech, Tech, VPI indeed. Good pick. Michael Turner turns the doomed 30 this year. He may have run for more than 1,300 yards in 2011, but it's scientific fact that his career will be on the downturn and Wilson can step in. Wilson isn't just a scat back, however terrible he looked here. Wilson had more than 900 yards after contact in 2011 and is plenty powerful enough to shed tacklers.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
32 Chris Polk
RB Washington
Coming soon!
34 Mohamed Sanu
WR Rutgers
Coming soon!
40 Orson Charles
TE Georgia
quick report
41 Dwight Jones
WR North Carolina
quick report
45 Jared Crick
DT Nebraska
prospect notes

Pick Team Player Pos. School Story
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford Story
2 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Story
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil OT USC Story
4 Cleveland Browns Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Story
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Morris Claiborne CB LSU Story
6 St. Louis Rams Trent Richardson RB Alabama Story
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Story
8 Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M Story
9 Carolina Panthers Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State Story
10 Buffalo Bills Mike Adams OT Ohio State Story
11 Kansas City Chiefs Riley Reiff OT Iowa Story
12 Seattle Seahawks Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama Story
13 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Martin OT Stanford Story
14 Dallas Cowboys David DeCastro G Stanford Story
15 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Kuechly LB Boston College Story
16 New York Jets Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina Story
17 Cincinnati Bengals Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Story
18 San Diego Chargers Mark Barron S Alabama Story
19 Chicago Bears Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Story
20 Tennessee Titans Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama Story
21 Cincinnati Bengals Cordy Glenn OT Georgia Story
22 Cleveland Browns Kendall Wright WR Baylor Story
23 Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
Story
24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dont'a Hightower MLB Alabama
Story
25 Denver Broncos
Michael Brockers DT LSU
Story
26 Houston Texans
Dontari Poe DT Memphis
Story
27 New England Patriots
Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
Story
28 Green Bay Packers
Devon Still DT Penn State
Story
29 Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
Story
30 San Francisco 49ers
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
Story
31 New England Patriots
Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
Story
32 New York Giants
Peter Konz C Wisconsin
Story
33 St. Louis Rams
Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
Story
34 Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener TE Stanford
Story
35 Minnesota Vikings
Rueben Randle WR LSU
Story
36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin RB Boise State
Story
37 Cleveland Browns
Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
Story
38 Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
Story
39 St. Louis Rams
Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
Story
40 Carolina Panthers
Lavonte David OLB Nebraska
Story
41 Buffalo Bills
Chandler Jones
DE Syracuse
Story
42 Miami Dolphins
Andre Branch DE Clemson
Story
43 Seattle Seahawks
Mychal Kendricks MLB California
Story
44 Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Robinson CB Central Florida
Story
45 Dallas Cowboys
Nick Perry
DE Southern California
Story
46 Philadelphia Eagles
Trumaine Johnson
CB Montana
Story
47 New York Jets
Harrison Smith
S Notre Dame
Story
48 New England Patriots
Shea McClellin
DE/OLB Boise State
Story
49 San Diego Chargers
Dwayne Allen
TE Clemson
Story
50 Chicago Bears
Brandon Thompson
DT Clemson
Story
51 Philadelphia Eagles
LaMichael James
RB Oregon
Story
52 Tennessee Titans
Vinny Curry
DE Marshall
Story
53 Cincinnati Bengals
Lamar Miller
RB Miami
Story
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