Tavon Wilson DB NE 2 Months

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 NE 8 Months

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 NE Nov 17 '12

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 NE Jun 13 '12

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 NE May 11 '12

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 NE Apr 30 '12

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.