A closer look at Patriots’ second-round pick Tavon Wilson
|04.27.12 at 8:32 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The last defensive back of note the Patriots took out of Illinois was Eugene Wilson in 2003. They went back to the well on Friday, picking defensive back Tavon Wilson out of Illinois with the 48th selection of the draft.
A 6-foot, 205-pound defensive back, the 22-year-old was named honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2011 after finishing the year with 81 tackles (51 solo) in 13 starts. For his collegiate career, the former team captain ended his college career with 50 games played, 214 total tackles (141 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and 22 pass breakups. He has some positional versatility, having played both corner and safety as a collegian.
The first defensive back taken by the Patriots in this draft, he was an unheralded prospect coming out of college, so much so that he did not receive an invite to the combine. Named the team’s outstanding defensive back at the annual postseason banquet, he will likely have to prove himself on special teams before he starts to enter into New England’s rotation at defensive back.
There’s precious little video of Wilson available, but here’s a quick piece we just found on YouTube: