Patriots select DB Tavon Wilson at 48

April, 27, 2012
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots selected Illinois safety/cornerback Tavon Wilson with the 48th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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According to ESPN Insider, Wilson was the 24th-ranked safety in this year's draft class. At 6-feet, 203 pounds, Wilson split time at Illinois between cornerback and safety.

In 2011, Wilson was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection, starting all 13 games -- 12 at cornerback and one at strong safety, according to Illinois' sports information department. He finished third on the team with 81 tackles (6.5 for a loss), as well as one interception, one sack, one forced fumble, and six passes defensed.

As a junior in 2010, Wilson had 48 tackles in 13 games (all starts at strong safety), defending eight passes and recording one interception. Wilson started 12 games at cornerback in 2009, making 74 tackles (3.5 for a loss), notching one interception and seven passes defensed.

Wilson is a native of Washington, D.C. He was Illinois' honoree for the Big Ten's sportsmanship award in 2010, and was a team captain in 2011.

A 2009 article from The Register-Mail (Galesburg, Ill.) detailed Wilson's upbringing by his grandmother, after both of his parents died before Wilson was 12 years old.

Mike Rodak

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