Tavon Wilson DB DET 2 weeks ago

Wilson and Rafael Bush will compete for the Lion's starting strong safety position this offseason, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Back in 2012, then-rookie Wilson played in all 16 games for the Patriots, logging four starts and an equal number of interceptions. In three seasons since, he failed to start a single contest, and picked off just one pass. Now in Detroit, the Illinois product will have the opportunity to reposition himself as an NFL starter this offseason, according to Lions GM Bob Quinn. Glover Quin (ankle) is currently cemented in as their starting free safety, but Wilson will compete with Rafael Bush to patrol the secondary alongside him. However, Bush is the presumptive favorite to win this battle, and the Lions could still further address the safety position in the draft or through the free-agent market.

Tavon Wilson DB DET 2 months ago

Wilson is signing with the Lions, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The former second-round draft pick will head to Detroit after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Patriots. Wilson will look to fill a void in the Lions' secondary left by Isa Abdul-Quddus, who agreed to terms with the Dolphins earlier in the week. He started in four games his rookie season, but has not started since. He has recorded 79 tackles and 11 passes defended in his career.

Tavon Wilson DB DET 2 years ago8 Comments

Patriots 2012 second-round pick Tavon Wilson is in danger of losing his roster spot.

A huge surprise at the 48th pick three drafts ago, Wilson's snap percentage was slashed from 42.5 as a rookie to 1.6 last year. Wilson does have special teams value, which could eventually secure his spot on the 53. On defense, he's behind Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, with rookie Jemea Thomas applying pressure.

Tavon Wilson DB DET 2 years ago

ESPN Boston's Field Yates believes third-year S Tavon Wilson has hit his ceiling as a "core special teams player."

Yates, who formally worked in the Patriots' scouting department, believes Wilson "doesn't have the requisite reactive athleticism" to function as a deep safety. Widely considered a reach when the Pats selected him 48th overall in 2012, Wilson has proved just that. He earned 22 snaps on defense in 2013.

Tavon Wilson DB DET 3 years ago

Last year's second-round pick S Tavon Wilson has been "mostly invisible" during Patriots training camp.

Wilson started four games and played 500 snaps on defense last season, but he's behind Devin McCourty, Adrian Wilson, Duron Harmon, and Steve Gregory in the safety rotation this summer. Beat writer Ben Volin thinks Wilson's roster spot is secure, but he likely won't see the field as much as he did as a rookie.

Tavon Wilson DB DET 3 years ago

Patriots added S Tavon Wilson (ankle) to the Week 11 injury report and listed him as probable.

After being considered a reach as a second-round pick out of Illinois in April's NFL Draft, Wilson has put together a fine rookie campaign with 30 tackles and three interceptions. He's the third or fourth safety in New England.

Tavon Wilson DB DET 4 years ago

Two NFL personnel executives told The Sideline View's Adam Caplan that they assigned pre-draft third-day grades to Patriots second-round S Tavon Wilson.

The execs insisted Wilson "should have been selected farther down in the draft," based on the fact that he "doesn't possess any outstanding qualities." Per Caplan, the Wilson pick was "largely criticized" in the NFL scouting community. Wilson will compete for playing time with FS Steve Gregory this season.

Tavon Wilson DB DET 4 years ago

Patriots signed rookie FS Tavon Wilson, the No. 48 overall pick, to a four-year, $4.217 million contract.

He got a $1.507 million signing bonus. Hardly known by draftniks and pre-draft all-star game directors alike, Wilson was one of this year's most surprising early-round selections. He does draw high marks for versatility and playmaking ability and runs in the low-4.5s at 6-foot, 205. Wilson is expected to battle Steve Gregory for the starting free safety job in training camp.

Tavon Wilson DB DET 4 years ago

According to SI's Tony Pauline, "few teams" considered Patriots second-round FS Tavon Wilson draftable leading up to Friday.

Wilson wasn't invited to any pre-draft all-star games of note, and draft prognosticators were shocked when he went to New England with the 48th overall pick. Wilson has solid measurables, though, at 6-foot, 205 with 4.53 wheels. He played both cornerback and safety at Illinois, which undoubtedly caught Bill Belichick's attention. Wilson will compete to start as a rookie.