NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
With the 48th pick in the NFL Draft, the Patriots selected FS Tavon Wilson from Illinois.
That is by far the most shocking pick in the draft, but since Belichick did it, it’s also the least surprising.
I watched Tavon Wilson a little bit while I was watching Whitney Mercilus and I saw a guy that should be able to play centerfield-style FS for the Patriots. He’s a bit undersized and he’s certainly not the Patrick Chung clone I was dreading the Patriots would take.
He ran a 4.52 at his pro day and was not invited to the combine. He doesn’t have the greatest ball skills, and he likely won’t help out much in man coverage. He’s also not an overly physical player who should help out in the box. As much as we hear about how Belichick likes safeties who can play both positions, Wilson looks like a pure FS to me.
We all know the Patriots need in the secondary and here’s the defensive back we were all hoping for, right? Wilson will likely compete with Steve Gregory to start at safety beside Chung when the season starts.