James Wilder Jr. was one of the most highly touted high school athletes in the country when he committed to Florida State back in 2011. He won a national title with the Seminoles as well, but landing a starter’s role in Tallahassee proved difficult. The same has held true in his two-year NFL career as he spent his first two seasons on the Cincinnati practice squad. Now he’ll have a chance to crack a 53-man roster with the Bills.
Wilder had a solid NFL combine workout when he was coming out of college in the 2014 NFL draft, but his 40 time hurt him. He ran a 4.86. It unfortunately overshadowed his strong broad jump of 10-feet one-inch, his vertical leap of 35 inches, 6.92-second three-cone drill and his 18 reps on the bench press.
Those numbers reveal what kind of back Wilder is, which is a between the tackles power back, who can push the pile and not go down on initial contact. Wilder figures to push for a reserve role on the roster behind the likes of LeSean McCoy, Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee.
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