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Patriots sign second-round pick Tavon Wilson

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The Patriots raised some eyebrows when they took safety Tavon Wilson in the second round last month.

Now that he’s under contract, we’ll get to find out what they saw in him that draft pundits overlooked. The Patriots announced Tuesday that they have reached agreement on a four-year deal with Wilson. The team also announced that they have released quarterback Mike Hartline.

Wilson should battle Steve Gregory for the starting job at free safety this summer. The Patriots hope that his speed — Wilson, who also played cornerback at times in college, ran a 4.52 40 — translates to playmaking ability on the back end for a secondary that was looking under every rock it could find for help last season.

Wilson is the first of the seven New England draft picks to sign a contract. As Florio pointed out over the weekend, the contracts of first-round picks Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower might be more difficult to negotiate than it has seemed in this year of painless rookie contract signings.

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5 Responses to “Patriots sign second-round pick Tavon Wilson”
  1. tombradyallday says: May 15, 2012 11:19 AM

    wilson and chung lookin good for season. got to stay healthy

  2. jrfrom508 says: May 15, 2012 12:14 PM

    Future champ

  3. kathyisintheroom says: May 15, 2012 12:19 PM

    Belicheat saw something that no other team saw.
    Tavon majored in videography

  4. bradybbgoat says: May 15, 2012 1:09 PM

    One thing is certain: This kid will be an upgrade over the likes of openening day starter Josh Barrett and the other scubs who lined up opposite Pat Chung.

    I’m excited about his upside. He will get plenty of opportunities.

  5. alldonesmith says: May 15, 2012 9:17 PM

    As a neutral observer of the Patriots, I’d say the most likely answer is that the pundits didn’t miss anything. Belichick has shown a great eye for talent at a wide variety of positions, but DB is NOT one of them. Outside of Patrick Chung, the only DB he’s drafted recently worth anything (Devin McCourty) regressed big time last year.

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