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
|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|
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
New York Giants
St. Louis Rams
|36||Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|39||St. Louis Rams
||Alshon Jeffery||WR||South Carolina
|44||Kansas City Chiefs
|47||New York Jets
|48||New England Patriots
|49||San Diego Chargers