David Wilson, selected 32nd overall in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants on Thursday night, had an inkling something might happen when the final two picks of the first round came.
“I was sitting on the bed and the Giants had the last pick in the first round… And then Tampa Bay traded (up), and I thought, ‘Maybe they’ll get a running back. I know they need a running back.’ At that point, I was hoping for anything. The Giants are Super Bowl champions, and I’m like ‘They probably won’t pick me…’ I was just hoping that something would happen, and I get the New Jersey call and I start screaming. I answered the phone and it was the New York Giants. It was the best call that I got in a long time.”
The Buccaneers also took a running back, selecting Doug Martin of Boise State and leaving Wilson, a 5-foot-9, 205-pound back from Virginia Tech, for the Giants.
“Terrific football player. He’s a good piece to put in our running back stable,” said Giants general manager Jerry Reese. “This kid’s a hard-nosed player. He can run inside. He can run outside.” [Complete Reese Transcript]