Update: Wilds has signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent, according to The State’s Josh Kendall. Kendall reports Wilds chose the Falcons to stay close to his 3-year old daughter and his familiarity with Falcons fullback coach and former Gamecocks defensive back Patrick DiMarco.
The 2016 NFL Draft has come and gone, and former South Carolina tailback Brandon Wilds was not selected.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound running back was projected as a fringe seventh-round pick by analysts, so this news may not come as a surprise. Wilds spent five years at South Carolina after breaking out in relief of Marcus Lattimore as a freshman in 2011. He got a medical redshirt during his sophomore season after sustaining an ankle injury.
Wilds led the Gamecocks in rushing last season with 567 yards and three touchdowns. He rushed for 1,844 yards and 13 touchdowns during his career. He also has great pass-catching ability, reeling in 59 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns throughout his five years.
Wilds performed decently at the NFL Combine, running an average 4.54 40-yard dash and finished in the top 10 among tailbacks in the three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and vertical jump.
Another detriment to Wilds’ draft stock was his injury history. Most recently, Wilds missed three games last season after fracturing his ribs.
The next step for Wilds could involve signing with a team as an undrafted free agent and getting an opportunity to make a practice squad or potentially a 53-man roster with an impressive training camp.