2014 NFL Draft: FSU's James Wilder leaving for NFL
Florida State's James Wilder, the 12th-rated running back prospect, will reportedly enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
Florida State running back James Wilder will forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, a source told ESPN.
Despite his limited workload, Wilder is the No. 4-rated junior running back and currently projected as a mid-round pick. He is a powerful runner who "explodes out of his cuts and runs with both power and determination," according to NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Rob Rang.
Wilder, 6-feet-2, 229 pounds, had 81 carries for 563 yards and eight touchdowns this seasons as one of two primary backups to starter Devonta Freeman. He also battled a shoulder injury and a concussion, and Wilder's decision to make the jump to the NFL isn't surprising with Karlos Williams earning additional snaps as the season went on.
Wilder, a native of Tampa, Fla., is the son of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers star James Wilder, Sr.
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