It appears that the Patriots have signed their first draft pick of 2012. According to sources reporting to Christopher Price of WEEI, the New England Patriots and second round selection Tavon Wilson have agreed to a four-year, $4.2 million contract. The former Illinois defensive back will earn a projected $1.5 million bonus.
Wilson was chosen by the Patriots at No. 48 overall, which was considered a stretch by many people around the league. But when it's Bill Belichick controlling the board, you just don't know who will be the pick. He was an all-Big Ten honorable mention in both 2011 and 2010. He served as the Illini's captain last season, and totaled 81 tackles from the free safety position.
Wilson was one of six defensive players that were chosen by New England during the draft, and one of three defensive backs. He's by far the most questionable pick that the Patriots had during this year's draft, and he'll look to prove his worth to a team who's secondary is in need of a boost.