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Report: FSU RB James Wilder is turning pro

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ESPN.com is reporting on Tuesday that Florida State junior running back James Wilder has decided to skip his senior season and make himself available for the 2014 NFL draft.

He had 81 carries for 563 yards and eight touchdowns this season for the Seminoles. He gained 21 yards on three carries against Auburn in the national title game.

At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds Wilder is a battering ram of a back with solid speed. However, he has often been hurt in his career and has probably not developed as much as he would have had he been healthy. Still, the NFL will get a talented athlete without a lot of tread on his tires.

Wilder may not be the only FSU running back to leave early for the NFL. Leading rusher Devonta Freeman is expected to make a decision soon.

 

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14 Responses to “Report: FSU RB James Wilder is turning pro”
  1. phuzzball says: Jan 7, 2014 5:57 PM

    Shouldn’t that be “with” a lot tread?

  2. soflosportsfan says: Jan 7, 2014 6:09 PM

    He’s wildly overrated. Probably the 3rd best RB on their team. Not a big loss since Karlos Williams is their best RB

  3. lolnfl says: Jan 7, 2014 6:11 PM

    running backs at top programs will bolt more than most…especially when your depth chart is stacked..wilder couldn’t even find carries anymore so why stay?

  4. chicagocane says: Jan 7, 2014 6:13 PM

    Dalvin Cook is already better.

  5. canetic says: Jan 7, 2014 6:51 PM

    Who?

  6. irishdodger says: Jan 7, 2014 7:39 PM

    he was a big recruit, but a lot of “experts” thought he’d be better suited on the defensive side of the ball. I can’t see him as a first day draftee. His dad was a helluva RB back in the day before he tore his knees up. Hopefully, Junior was wise enough to finish his degree…and for his sake I hope he’s not one of the 34 ‘Noles who declared their major as Interdisciplinary Social Science.

  7. v2the4 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:15 PM

    Wilder needs more seasoning on the college level..he is no where near ready for the pro’s…he will go undrafted right now, and will have to make his living on special teams in the league, unless some team falls in love with him, like the Raiders, Browns, Bucs or Dolphins

  8. cheapglazers says: Jan 7, 2014 10:24 PM

    His dad was amazing!

  9. chicagocane says: Jan 7, 2014 11:02 PM

    nice one Canetic…
    u know…Yearby’s understudy!

  10. bloodisred says: Jan 8, 2014 6:12 AM

    Wilder is a classic tailback, the spread and its horizontal first schemes don’t fit him. Put him 7 yards deep (with/without a fullback), let him run downhill and he’s a beast.

  11. tmac4454 says: Jan 8, 2014 9:22 AM

    I love me some Wilder, he has always been a great teammate and very exciting to watch running the rock. IMO, he needs to stay and get more experience as a college RB. I love his form, he is a true beast but one thing I have not seen yet a break out performance. I know Jimbo puts him in short yardage/goal line scheme but I want to see him take that rock like Freeman and C Williams. I want all three to stay, next year FSU could really have a great running game against any good defense.

  12. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2014 9:54 AM

    Loved his contribution to the program although his career didn’t go probably like expected when he was a heralded 5 star recruit. He has been one of the building blocks to get FSU back to the top of the mountain. I expect Freeman, Green, Jernigan, and possibly Benjamin to join him.

  13. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2014 10:01 AM

    bloodisred,

    I agree. I think he’s going to be the classic “where did this guy come from” player in the pros because his college career wasn’t flashy. He is a tough runner with enough speed to succeed in the NFL who barely got used in college. Jimbo’s offense was zone blocking, especially in past years although they did more power running this year, when this guy’s a downhill, classic battering ram type RB like a Blount with New England. Chris Thompson is in the NFL, which I never thought possible and Wilder is bigger, stronger, and more powerful of a runner.

  14. mogogo1 says: Jan 8, 2014 11:34 AM

    His dad might well be in the Hall of Fame today if he hadn’t been totally used up in a couple of years. 770 carries in two seasons will do that to you.

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