Friday, April 27, 2012
Patriots reach, then trade down
By James Walker
The New England Patriots are getting defensive in this NFL draft. The Patriots drafted another defensive player Friday night in the second round, which makes it three straight.
New England selected Illinois safety Tavon Wilson and traded out of their second pick in the round. New England coach Bill Belichick is known as a defensive guru and obviously wasn't happy about his 31st-ranked defense last season.
But look for the Wilson pick to be heavily scrutinized. For example, Scouts Inc. rated Wilson as the 24th safety in this draft. Wilson also wasn't invited to the NFL combine and recorded just one interception last season. Maybe the Patriots know something most people don't.
It will be interesting to see if Wilson can prove his doubters wrong, because New England desperately needs safety help. Wilson also played some cornerback in college.
The Patriots had just one pick remaining at the end of the second round but traded it to the Green Bay Packers.