Re: Tavon Wilson is a Player!
posted at 5/5/2012 5:45 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Tavon Wilson is a Player!
[QUOTE]Watch this video of him vs. ASU.... you will see what i mean... Patriots CB-S No. 3 Tavon Wilson vs ASU 2011 - YouTube
Posted by floridamike[/QUOTE]
Wilson hustles, appears to do a decent job as a "gunner" on punt teams, and appears to be good at coming up to assist against the run. Also showed that he might have potential as a blitzer. But, I wasn't impressed with his pass coverage.
Here are Wilson's "key" stats, and a general scouting report on him:
The 6-foot, 203-pounder had 81 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, six pass defenses, one sack and 6.5 tackles for loss in 2011.
Wilson is a strong tackler who can play in the box, but he struggles in coverage. He's got good speed and strength, and he should be an asset on special teams. Wilson has been a Big Ten Honorable Mention twice, but he was not invited to the combine. He's got experience at cornerback and took over for current Dolphins corner Vontae Davis after he departed for the NFL.
Wilson was a captain last year, and he comes across as a good leader. After playing safety as a junior, the coaches asked him where he wanted to play as a senior. *Wilson chose CB because he thought it was in the team's beat interest due to the fact that they had better players at safety.
I found that last sentence above to be very illuminating. This kid put the team before himself...and might have made a name for himself, had he stayed at safety last season.
His Illinois team had a weird year in 2011. After winning their first six (6) games, they lost their next six (6), before ending their season with a win over UCLA...in a low rent bowl game. They also finished just 2-6 in their own conference (Big 10): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Illinois_Fighting_Illini_football_team
Interesting Illini defensive stats, in that they were 3rd in the nation in pass defense, and 25th in run defense. They surrendered less than 20 points per game (15th overall). Yet, their offense was 91st in passing, 41st in rushing, and 91st in points scored (a tad over 21 points per game): http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/team/illinois-fighting-illini-football/stats/86057?q=illinois-fighting-illini-football
Wish I could have found more stats dealing with tackles made per game, and passing stats listing how many times a DB was targeted by the opposition.