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NFL Draft: Don't forget about David Wilson

Using video to breakdown the RB on the 'Lead Open.' Matt Bowen

April 13, 2012
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When we talk about the RB position in the NFL Draft, the focus shifts to Alabama’s Trent Richardson. A back with Top 10 talent that might not get past the Bucs at No.5. However, looking at the start of the second round (or even late first), there is plenty of value with Boise State’s Doug Martin, Miami’s Lamar Miller and Virginia Tech’s David Wilson.

Today, I want to take a quick look at Wilson—the No.2 RB on the NFP Big Board. He posted a 4.49 40 at the NFL Combine, has open field ability and the power to run inside.  Let’s go to the video and check him out.

Appalachian State vs. Virginia Tech
Personnel: Regular (2 WR, 1 TE, 2 RB)
Scheme: Lead Open (Weak)

- Regular personnel on the field vs. a 4-3 “Under” front. Use “divide motion” (motion away from the closed side of the formation) to create a slot look to the open (weak) side. With the back aligned at a depth of 8-yards, this is a heavy run alert.

- The reason I wanted to break down this play is simple: it is a pro scheme. No spread look here. Two-back set and the base “Lead Open.” One of the first runs that will be installed in camp along with the Power O, Lead Strong and Counter OF. The four off-tackle runs you have to execute with production at the NFL level.

- I like the vision here from Wilson. Get downhill and bounce the run to the outside when the safety fits into the run front. An example of a back that will press the edge of the formation. Too often we will see young backs at the college level that play without creativity. See the field and go make a play.

- You have to acknowledge the vertical speed from Wilson once he gets his pads square to the line of scrimmage. This is what you want at the RB position. Use that “burst” to get to the second level of the defense, set up the block down the field and the finish at the goal line.

- A quick coaching point on defending the edge from a defensive perspective. Check out the SS first. He has to fill between the LT and the WR on the crack release. Don’t hesitate. Fill that gap (or force the WR to crack). This will allow the CB to use a “crack replace” technique and provide primary run support as a contain player. Both the CB and SS are slow in their reads. You can’t do that vs.a talent such as Wilson.

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