This list would be incomplete without by far the most questioned pick by the Patriots in the 2012 NFL draft, defensive back Tavon Wilson.
Most national pundits had Wilson penciled in as a player who would be selected on day three of the draft, likely in Round 6 or 7. Seemingly no one had him as a player who would be wise to take in the second. Luckily for him, Bill Belichick did.
Oddly enough, he is not even the first Illinois corner/safety with the last name Wilson to be selected in the second round by Bill Belichick (Eugene, 2003). Like Eugene Wilson, if Belichick views him as a safety, he should compete for playing time immediately without much of a problem considering the lack of quality players at the position.
Patrick Chung returns and joins free agent-signing Steve Gregory, but after the two of them, the caliber of player really falls off.
Chung is clearly a player who is better the closer to the line of scrimmage he is. However, Gregory is much more of a traditional free safety, the role Wilson will likely be looking to play in the secondary. Barring injury, they should both be fixtures in the defensive backfield throughout the season, regardless of which of them starts.
Wilson, with a solid training camp, should have no problem locking down the third safety spot at worst. If he does not, this will be one of the most scrutinized picks Belichick has ever made during his tenure in New England.
If Wilson struggles and is suddenly paired with players like Ross Ventrone or Sergio Brown during camp and the preseason, get ready for plenty of screaming callers on the local sports talk shows.