New England Patriots 2012 Draft: Tavon Wilson Scouting Report

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New England Patriots 2012 Draft: Tavon Wilson Scouting Report
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Wilson with a good coverage play

Tavon Wilson


University of Illinois

Combine Measurements

Height: 5’11-3/4”  

Weight: 205 pounds 

40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds

20-yard split: 2.56 seconds  

10 yard split: 1.60 seconds

20 yard shuttle: 4.16 seconds

Three-cone drill: 7.04 seconds

Bench press: 17 reps 

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Wilson does get beat though.

Vertical jump: 32.0"

Broad jump: 10'4"


2008: 11 games, 0 games started, 11 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, 1 pass break-up 

2009: 12 games, 12 games started, 74 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 7 pass break-ups, 1 interception 

2010: 13 games, 13 games started, 48 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 8 pass break-ups, 1 interception 

2011: 13 games, 13 games started, 81 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 6 pass break-ups, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack, 2 fumbles recovered, 1 touchdown

Scouting Report


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Taking a bad angle.

Wilson has an excellent athletic ability and can fly around the field. He also has an ideal build for a safety at 6’0”, 205 pounds and can attack a player and create fumbles with his hits. He’s a smart leader as well and is known as a hard-working player.

His best part of his game is his special teams' abilities. He is an instant gunner for whoever drafts him and can still contribute as a depth safety. Also, he has an excellent blitz ability.


He isn’t the most fluid athlete and has issues with coverage. He doesn’t have the best hips and isn’t the most instinctive player, either. He also has issues wrapping up his tackles and doesn’t always take the best angles.


He’s a true project at safety. He is not likely to contribute past special teams early on and is a likely role player.

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