Va Tech's Wilson: Part Rice, Part Craig?

Matthew Yazo@@matthewyazoContributor IFebruary 28, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs the ball against the Michigan Wolverines during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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"Fluid strides," Bill Walsh said of Jerry Rice upon his first glimpses of him.

Roger Craig, who stood at 6'0 and 222lbs, had those famous "high knees" that he developed while being a hurdler.

Put those two loose descriptions together: a fluid athlete with a punishing leg drive and you may have just described Virginia Tech Running Back, Junior, David Wilson.

(Of course I'd be a fool to compare any potential rookie to the GOAT—Flash 80 and FHOF—Catfish, but let's have some fun here).

Wilson, the ACC player of the year also started on the USA National Team—something that I didn't even know existed for football (for shame, I know) until I saw Wilson's inspiring pregame speech.

Wilson is a phenomenal athlete.

He has exceptional balance for a runner and is very fluid as a receiver.

He's 5'10, 206lbs but looks very gazelle-like on the field.  

His change of direction is Reggie Bush-esque and his passion for the game is well documented aside from the aforementioned pregame speech.

The knocks on Wilson are fairly standard for a graceful, athletic running back.

He plays "too high" and "avoids contact," looking to get to the edge more than hit the hole.  The former is one thing but the ladder is coachable.

Oh, he can also return kicks and punts too in case you were wondering.

The questions to realistically ask are: 

1.  Would he be available for the 49ers at 30?

2.  Is he too much like Kendall Hunter?

3.  Could he ultimately replace Frank Gore?

I don't necessarily know the answers to these questions but they're fun to think about.  I mean, what fun would the offseason be if we didn't ask ourselves these types of questions?

What I do know is that at 30th overall, Wilson might fit that "best player available" mold and could provide more depth and versatility for an offense and coaching staff that could use all the weapons it can get.