Less than 24 hours after winning a national championship with the Florida State Seminoles, junior running back James Wilder Jr. will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, per ESPN’s Joe Schad.
FSU RB James Wilder will enter the next NFL Draft per source
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 7, 2014
With Devonta Freeman becoming the first Florida State rusher since Warrick Dunn to go for over 1,000 yards on the season, Wilder’s role was diminished a bit while he was also hampered by injury.
During the Seminoles’ run to the national title, Wilder ran for 563 yards on 81 carries with eight touchdowns. He finishes his career in Tallahassee with 1,358 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Wilder is a bruising 6-2, 229-pound runner who bangs between the tackles with the best of them and is great at grabbing the ever-crucial yards after contact.
While Wilder may not be high among a lot of experts’ draft boards, this decision isn’t surprising seeing as the ‘Noles displayed tremendous depth at the running back position, plus they have a wealth of talent coming in.