Brandon Wilds, the South Carolina Gamecocks' leading rusher from 2015, is headed to the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent.
Wilds, a product of Blythewood High School just outside of Columbia, departs Columbia with 1,844 yards on 379 carries and 13 touchdowns. Last year, he ran for 567 yards and three touchdowns on 123 carries, but was held back due to a rib injury. His career best year came in 2014, when he recorded 570 yards and four touchdowns on just 106 attempts, a average of 5.4 yards per carry. He also was used in the passing game as he made 59 catches for 540 yards during his career at South Carolina.
With Wilds, the Falcons are getting a versatile tailback comfortable with lining up behind the quarterback in a traditional running back setting, or as an option in the receiving game. A big player at 6'2" and 220 pounds, Wilds at his best is a player who can provide strength to the running game. The Falcons' current RB picture has Devonta Freeman as starter, followed by a pair of second-year men, Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward, so things are pretty wide open when it comes to who will sit behind Freeman next year.