|Tavon Wilson introduced at Foxboro||04.28.12 at 7:39 pm ET|
FOXBORO — When Tavon Wilson met the New England media for the first time on Saturday, he looked the part, sporting a Patriots draft day cap along with a Boston sweatshirt he’d picked up to deal with the chilly weather.
Since coming from his native D.C. to New England following his selection by the Patriots, Wilson has gone through the whirlwind of introductions that comes with being a high draft pick.
“It’s been crazy, but it’s been everything I could ever want. I’m with a great organization,” Wilson said. “I got here this morning, just meeting with the coaching staff and getting to know people within the organization.”
Like most of the other players selected by the Patriots, Wilson showed great positional versatility while at Illinois. As a captain on the Illini, Wilson lined up at both safety and cornerback and was also a welcome participant on special teams.
“The more you can do, the better you’re going to be. I’m just going to come in, play special teams and be the best whatever position they play me as,” Wilson said.
The second-round selection was impressed by the Patriots facility in Foxboro and talked about how much he respected the organization and the way it has operated.
“When you look at the players here, you can tell that they’re a great organization, how they stick together,” Wilson said. “You can just tell when you watch Patriot football that it’s Patriot football. It’s just a great opportunity for me and I’m just excited to be a part of this organization.
“It’s been great,” Wilson added. “You can tell they’re successful here and I’m just looking forward to contributing any way I can, hit the ground running and do whatever I’m asked to do.”
When Wilson was drafted, most were aware that he’d been raised by his grandmother after losing his parents. However, Wilson also revealed that he has a 112-year-old great-great-grandmother who is alive in Washington D.C. and is still a spry woman.
“She can walk around and stuff and talk and all that. It’s fun to be around her,” Wilson said. “She’s a funny woman.”
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