Player Page

Tavon Wilson | Defensive Back | #32

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
College: Illinois
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (48) / NE
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Lions signed S Tavon Wilson, formerly of the Patriots, to a two-year, $2.2 million contract.
Wilson played all of 83 snaps last year in the Patriots' crowded secondary. The Lions are thin at safety with Isa Abdul-Quddus and James Ihedigbo both gone and could make use of Wilson's versatility. Mar 9 - 4:27 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Impending free agent S Tavon Wilson will not re-sign with the Patriots before the start of free agency.

Wilson hasn't closed the door on returning to New England though his best bet for playing time is probably elsewhere. He saw just 83 snaps last year behind starters Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty. Wilson may interest teams with his versatility. He can play both safety positions or slot corner.
Mar 6 - 8:44 AM

Patriots 2012 second-round pick Tavon Wilson is in danger of losing his roster spot.

A huge surprise at the 48th pick three drafts ago, Wilson's snap percentage was slashed from 42.5 as a rookie to 1.6 last year. Wilson does have special teams value, which could eventually secure his spot on the 53. On defense, he's behind Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, with rookie Jemea Thomas applying heat.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 03:04:00 PM

ESPN Boston's Field Yates believes third-year S Tavon Wilson has hit his ceiling as a "core special teams player."

Yates, who formally worked in the Patriots' scouting department, believes Wilson "doesn't have the requisite reactive athleticism" to function as a deep safety. Widely considered a reach when the Pats selected him 48th overall in 2012, Wilson has proved just that. He earned 22 snaps on defense in 2013.
Source: ESPN Boston
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 10:15:00 PM

Last year's second-round pick S Tavon Wilson has been "mostly invisible" during Patriots training camp.

Wilson started four games and played 500 snaps on defense last season, but he's behind Devin McCourty, Adrian Wilson, Duron Harmon, and Steve Gregory in the safety rotation this summer. Beat writer Ben Volin thinks Wilson's roster spot is secure, but he likely won't see the field as much as he did as a rookie.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 09:52:00 AM

Patriots added S Tavon Wilson (ankle) to the Week 11 injury report and listed him as probable.

After being considered a reach as a second-round pick out of Illinois in April's NFL Draft, Wilson has put together a fine rookie campaign with 30 tackles and three interceptions. He's the third or fourth safety in New England.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 02:36:00 PM

Two NFL personnel executives told The Sideline View's Adam Caplan that they assigned pre-draft third-day grades to Patriots second-round S Tavon Wilson.

The execs insisted Wilson "should have been selected farther down in the draft," based on the fact that he "doesn't possess any outstanding qualities." Per Caplan, the Wilson pick was "largely criticized" in the NFL scouting community. Wilson will compete for playing time with FS Steve Gregory this season.
Wed, Jun 13, 2012 12:44:00 PM

Patriots signed rookie FS Tavon Wilson, the No. 48 overall pick, to a four-year, $4.217 million contract.

He got a $1.507 million signing bonus. Hardly known by draftniks and pre-draft all-star game directors alike, Wilson was one of this year's most surprising early-round selections. He does draw high marks for versatility and playmaking ability and runs in the low-4.5s at 6-foot, 205. Wilson is expected to battle Steve Gregory for the starting free safety job in training camp.
Fri, May 11, 2012 02:06:00 PM

According to SI's Tony Pauline, "few teams" considered Patriots second-round FS Tavon Wilson draftable leading up to Friday.

Wilson wasn't invited to any pre-draft all-star games of note, and draft prognosticators were shocked when he went to New England with the 48th overall pick. Wilson has solid measurables, though, at 6-foot, 205 with 4.53 wheels. He played both cornerback and safety at Illinois, which undoubtedly caught Bill Belichick's attention. Wilson will compete to start as a rookie.
Mon, Apr 30, 2012 03:05:00 PM

Patriots selected Illinois S Tavon Wilson with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

An honorable mention All-Big Ten member with 81 tackles last season, Wilson is a virtual unknown outside of NFL circles. However, plenty of teams showed interest in the pre-draft process in terms of visits and workouts. At 6'0/205 pounds and 4.52 forty speed, Wilson has prototypical size and speed for the position. Possibly benefiting from Whitney Mercilus' 16 sacks in front of him, Wilson is an interesting selection in the second-round.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 08:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Stevan Ridley
5Dwayne Washington
GLB1Zach Zenner
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Corey Fuller
4Ryan Spadola
5Jace Billingsley
WR21Marvin Jones
2Jeremy Kerley
3Andre Caldwell
4Corey Washington
5Austin Willis
WR31T.J. Jones
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Matthew Mulligan
4Cole Wick
5Adam Fuehne
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
3Corey Robinson
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
3Gabe Ikard
RG1Larry Warford
2Geoff Schwartz
3Chase Farris
RT1Riley Reiff
2Michael Ola
K1Matt Prater