When you attend a show at Radio City Music Hall, you expect an intermission.
You may even anticipate one, as it gives you a chance to stretch your legs or head for refreshments.
But while the NFL Draft provides theater, it isn't the theatre. That's why David Wilson wanted no part of a break in the action on Thursday night.
Since the NFL Draft moved to primetime in 2010, the new format split the first and second rounds into two events, leaving a night in between to wrack the nerves of players not chosen in the first 32. As the clock wound down under two minutes in the last pick of the first night – the Giants' No. 32 slot – Wilson started weighing his options in the second round.
But then the clock stopped at 1:33 and his phone lit up.
"When two minutes were on the clock, I'm thinking to myself, 'How am I going to sleep? Am I going to get to go to sleep?'" Wilson recalled on WFAN’s “Joe and Evan” Friday afternoon. "Because that's a lot of pressure to have on you overnight."
However, the former Virginia Tech running back wouldn't have to bear those sleepless hours as he became a New York Giant overnight.
"It's a great team with a good tradition and a lot of great players on the team," the ACC Player of the Year said. "So I'm joining a great club, and there's nothing in my head that says this isn't the best move for me."
As Wilson makes the rounds on his first tour through the New York media, Joe and Evan asked the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder to give a scouting report on himself.
Here's what he had to say:
"I've led the country in yards after contact this season. Good hands out of the backfield, great hands out of the backfield, special teams player – kick return specialist. I'm willing to work hard and I'm always getting better each season. I've never taken a step back from when I first started playing football – it's always been excelling each year and getting better and better. I'm still learning the game, and that's a good thing coming up there with Ahmad Bradshaw, a guy from Virginia who's been there for awhile, held down his position pretty well. Coming up there, I'm looking forward to competing with him and we're both going to make plays."
In Virginia, Wilson broke records at George Washington High School in Danville, which is just 150 miles east of Bradshaw's Graham High School in Bluefield.
While Bradshaw went across the border to play for Marshall in West Virginia, Wilson stayed in-state as a Hokie. Wilson said it was difficult to leave with a year of eligibility left, but he is chasing a lifelong dream.
"The NFL has been a dream of mine since a very young age, about five-years-old," Wilson said on the show. "So it's something I've been working toward for a long time, and having that dream come true and coming to a special team like the New York Giants, it doesn't get much better than that. It's like a dream come true."