04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Patriots' picks: Round 2/48 - Tavon Wilson, DB, 6-0, 203, Illinois...The Patriots were more than likely attracted to Wilson based on his size; at six feet and 203 pounds, he'll easily be one of the biggest defensive backs on the team when camp arrives. COULD SURPRISE: Safety Tavon Wilson -- The real surprise here is that the Patriots drafted him in the second round, so this particular pick could be a game-changer in more ways than one, but some question whether or not they needed to use a second-round pick to get him. - The Sports Xchange
An aggressive secondary presence, Wilson has the size to play free safety at 6-0, 205 pounds and the athleticism to potentially play corner with a 4.52-second 40-yard dash. However, he's not a quick twitch or sudden player, so there is a concern that he's a 'tweener prospect lacking an ideal position.
Wilson was ranked by the fifth-best recruit in the Washington D.C. area by Rivals.com and was the Washington Post district player of the year as a two-way player who saw time at cornerback and wide receiver.
He chose Illinois over Maryland, Boston College and Michigan State, and saw time in 11 games as a true freshman in 2008. Wilson emerged as a starter in 2009, finishing third on the team with 74 tackles and breaking up a team-high seven passes.
Wilson was named honorable mention All-Big Ten each of the past two seasons. He has a vast amount of experience having started 38 games over the past three seasons. He wasn't invited to the scouting combine, but took advantage of a good showing of NFL scouts at Illinois' pro day to run a 4.52 40 and post a 32-inch vertical jump.
Strengths: At his best facing the action. Physical and tenacious against the run and the pass. Good-sized frame. Confident and plays fast and smart. Versatile experience at both cornerback and safety. Good straight-line speed (4.55) and has the foot quickness to cover a lot of ground. Attacks the run with good reactions skills. Good experience as a three-year starter. Strong locker room presence - senior captain.
Weaknesses: Doesn't wrap up consistently in run support, tackling too high and wild. Too content with just throwing his shoulder and not wrapping the ballcarrier. Gives too big cushion off the line of scrimmage. Only average speed. Not quick twitch and plays too tight-hipped. Doesn't have the fluidity to play press and stay with receivers downfield. Not the most instinctive and more reactionary. Where is his natural position?