In Response to Re: Tavon Wilson: My Scouting Report
Thanks for the info MB. At least you looked at him before you made an opinion.
Posted by shenanigan
Yes, albeit the wrong opinion...at least he looked though.
Here's a Tavon Wilson Gametape:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpNDMvijrfI:24
in- 1st Reception given up on Tavon Wilson's coverage assignment.:50
in- 2nd Reception given up in the middle as Tavon Wilson bites on a pump fake, His assignment catches it, gets slowed up by another defender before Wilson coming back to make the final stop after a 25 yard gain.1:06
in- Wilson getting washed up in an interior Safety blitz, ASU QB scrambling for a 10 yard 1st down, out of bounds towards the far sideline...not exactly Wilson's fault...not exactly a successful play by Wilson either.1:14
in- Decent pass coverage (I guess), Wilson being just a couple steps behind his assignment on a hard throw resulting in an incompletion over the deeper middle.1:28
in- Good penetration by Wilson on an inside O-Tackle running play...Doesn't make the stop, but slows him down enough for 2 other defenders to make this a good overall defensive play.1:33
in- Wilson's best play of the game: Safety blitz- Excellent fluidity within Wilson's altering attacking angles in terms of his slight stutter pauses & minor change of directions, while he's simultaneously still attacking forward in his pass-rush threat- Resulting in oppossing QB to throw the ball away (pass rush elsewhere, but DO recognize that Wilson's threat was THE paramount one, which resulted in this broken play).1:55
in- Superb, sideline-sideline hustle in order to stop a gain which would've been a 10 yard gain or more (given the amount of defenders in the vicinity), to only a 6 yard swing pass completion. Great play call by The Offense, Very good hustle play and open field wrap-up by Wilson on a guy whom he had, only by his initial hustle, a bad takedown angle to hope to successfully make the tackle on...which he did. DO recognize that people...~
in- Tough, and hard hit by Wilson (non-coverage assignment by him, +1)... They never say what the flag down in The Secondary was from...I know, You know too: -1.2:24
in- Shallow near sideline zone for Wilson...out of position dealing with the threat of a short inside post potential, Late break towards the wideout- Whiffed tackle <Imo Wilson made the correct call in order to deny that inside pass...he just didn't make AS good of a call entirely missing the tackle in what was his bubble zone>.2:33
in- Pass bounces straight off Wilson's coverage assignment's hands...He does he take him down really tough though afterwards...(jesus).2:40
in- Gives up a non-touchdown pass when the collegiate wideout he's covering in the sideline doesn't have the footwork skill to plant his feet fully in bounds in the endzone... Tough call- That's an EXCELLENT pass...and to a bigger and more athletic and agile NFL receiver? Yea, understand that this is just a bit more likely than unlikely, to be a TD in the pros in this scenario.~3:05
in- Wilson's the far sideline gunner on this Illinois Punt...His job IS to Both fight his way quickly down the field, along with- And more than ANY-thing: To corner off any potential return from that KR'er having the possibility and potential for a big return by breaking it on the outside of That Sideline which Wilson is tasked with=PARAMOUNT duty here. How'd he do...How do ya think he would have done if the punt returner on this given play, didn't wave off the return and signal right here?3:24
in- And THIS appears to be what Wilson is REALLY good as a Safety at (skill-wise). Wilson, almost as a weird Big Nickel MLB on this play... Again (just like his pass-rush threat causing the broken play @ the 1:33 mark), Wilson is VERY fast and very good (for a Safety especially)- TO be able to still attack forward near and inside all this trash and mass of big-bodies near the LOS, in order to be a good threat to make a play AT or behind the LOS.3:36
in- Wilson made up for his -3 TFL tackle on the next play, upon him giving up a 14 yard 1st down reception on this 3rd and 14, as Wilson's still running with his invisible coverage assignment out of the camera picture, upon his real-life coverage assignment turning and planting to a stop in his break, in order make the 1st down reception here (good slo-mo afterwards).3:55
in- Wilson on a blitz...doesn't get there, eats up 2 Defenders- No real threat this time, but incomplete pass anyways- Awash.~
in- Wilson tasked now on the Offensive side of his team's Punt Return play, as ASU's punting the ball... Rewind, and rewind and rewind... Do ya see Wilson's assignment to block and get in the grill of? Here, this should help: He's the guy on the other team who ends up with the clean break on the muffed ball, for a turnover giving the possession directly back to ASU.4:14
in- AWESOME play by Wilson...VERY nice play- defeats the block, keeps his angle of attack going (VERY good in this respect), and up-ends the ball-carrier=You see this in NFL Film Libraries under "textbook" on this play right here...you do.4:47
in- Wilson ALSO, Losing to a wideout block on a play going towards the far sideline...Safety 32 swooping in to make the good play.~5:05
in- Now this one's tough... I'm 99% certain, Wilson and that CB over there on the far sideline, are tasked in a Hi-Lo Zone...Looks like man on the LOS, but the instant this play begins, you can recognize that these 2 (Wilson and the CB) are gonna break into a hi-lo zone (Wilson's bubble zone being up front). And say whatever ya want in terms of could've's would'ves-maybe's, tackling direction, etc...I don't care- The result of this 1st and 10 play? 2nd and 2 yards to go, & inside the red-zone. I mean, right? 5:13
in- This is nice slot CB work by Wilson... This is playing head's up football- Wilson by being able to give that 1 more fraction of a second gaze into the backfield in order to see how the play's gonna begin to develop, allows him to determine that his best course of action is stay at home a half second longer (rather than trailing off into pass-coverage in even a small way)- Thus- He's 1 of the 3 Defenders turning this into a good stop here <either way, it somehow results in an ASU TD...which for some reason they don't show>5:34
in- Wilson following the man in motion...isn't in the play's vicinity (no fault here).5:50
in- 3rd and 5, ASU deep in their own territory=Pass Interfernce on Tavon Wilson; 1st Down...drive's still alive.~
in- Wilson doing a good job backbedaling in excellent recognition of the pass-play at the start here... See, I just can't tell here IF Wilson is tasked on this play with playing that- (errr-the term's in the brain-damaged part of my head today- <sigh> that Polomalu-type Safety role (WHY is this word escaping me?!?)- In which case, his duty here is malleable on this play, based solely on his reading of play-development and how to make that best impact upon play direction based on his instincts on overall play-direction...OR, Wilson, in fact, IS tasked with backing into deep zone help based on his intial analysis of it being a pass-play at the very immediate onset of the play's start (#7's both a Safety, and in the deep far sideline area as well, so it might be the former)... I say this solely in terms of how much emphasis lies at Wilson's feet for backpedaling himself outta the play (either- Extremely little to None at all...OR Little, to Moderate- but definately in fact, some)- Either way, ya can't make this minute blame-call right here (yet, Wilson IS however, spending a half second too long focusing on the QB's read, rather than having ANY kind of basic recognition of the prescence of an open eligible receiver in his vicinity...before it's too late).6:21
in- Wilson giving up another completion directly to his coverage assignment.6:50
in- 3rd and 1...Wilson within 5 yards of the LOS...he HAS to fight off his man better than this, in order to attempt to be able to potentially make a stop on the QB right here...He simply does (kr!st, a minute and half left in the 4th Quarter...the other team has the ball and your team's up by 3-sheez).~7:00
in- Bad throw behind Wilson's coverage assignment in the middle... Is this good pass defense? On the surface, you may say yes... In fact, It's F#%k!ng Awful... A minute left in the game, and even though you're close to your coverage assignment man, He IS at once: 1 1/2-2 Steps striaght ahead of you going downfield, and you are too busy simply making sure that this guy doesn't get 3 or 4 steps ahead of you for the game-winning TD grab, for you to be in ANY spot to be able to turn your head in pass-coverage in order to break up this play (IF the pass is actually on target)... That's not somethin' ya actually WANT to see, o.k.? 7:22
in- A minute and 6 seconds left in this game... Last play on this tape for some reason... Tavon Wilson- 40 yard Pass Interference=Oppossing team's ball at your own 20 yard line with just over a minute left in regulation, and your team up by 3 points.~~~
How'd he do...? Your Final Analysis, people...? Hmm...?
Worth the 48th Overall Selection? Orrrr, Would it have been a better idea, trading that 48th Selection down 5-8 spots, and picking the 6th rounder (at the god-awful worst) which would come in this process, and then taking whomever's left of Mohammed Sanu, Devon Still, or Peter Konz (or Kendall reyes Reyes or Brandon Thompson if in the insane case ALL of the first 3 guys come off the Big Board within 5-8 picks time down Rd 2)...And THEN: Selecting Tavon Wilson just the same in Round #6....? Btw, No...The notion that because Tavon Wilson got 1 of 50 invites from 6 of the 32 NFL Teams, Does NOT...In ANY WAY, Shape, OR Form- Mean: That Wilson was going to be drafted 4 or 5 Rounds ahead of where Everyone on Earth had him ranked...Here's this: It doesn't EVEN mean that Wilson neccessarily WOULD Have Been Drafted...at all.
Maximize your opportunities.
Did I like this 2012 NE Patriots Draft? My answer is: F$%&k YES! This is an A- to a B+ Patriots Draft...Directly in between. 1 Day upon this draft finishing up, This Draft is better than the 2011 Draft, and just over that 2009 Draft (many of you, 1 day post 2009 NE Draft, were in LOVE with that Draft...I was not- Solid, Good, Better than Average, 2000X Better than the garbage drafts the preceding 2-3 years here; But, in no way "Great";).
This Draft has the potential for "Great." The only other NE Draft I regarded on Day 1, Post Draft, to be "Great" was 2010...THAT was a recognizable certainty, which was palbable and clearly evident for any good long-time obsessive draft student. 2012, might be great (and no, 1 day post draft, I would and simply couldn't say the same for the 2011 nor even NE's 2009 Draft Classes- Belichick seemed to have 47 more picks at his dispossable during these 2 drafts, and took home less than what he did this year- yes, you weigh this).
This 1 single move of Selecting Wilson at 48, turns what had every bit of momentum to be an A...A - A+ NFL Draft, into an A-/B+. This is what disappoints us tenured draft crazies, like me. You MUST be able to weigh and recognize consensus ratings and/as it relates to other NFL Clubs and where they more than likely should and will inevitably target someone which they might covet, but whom you yourself, DO covet. It's about bang-for-your-bv-ck... It simply is. Please try to understand that Tavon Wilson turning into a Hall of Fame Defensive Back, IS Less than Tavon Wilson AND the #1 rated Offensive Center/A fiery Stud Big possession receiver/A an above-average Day 1 starting 3-4 DE who's a NASTY Day 1 Starting 4-3 Defensive Tackle too... O'kay?
Selecting the 250th ranked prospect and the 22nd Ranked Safety (22nd! Lmao!) as your 48th Selection and hoping that he'll be an Impact Starting Player in your Secondary, IS More of a Gamble Than: Selecting a FAR better quality product, and then hoping that the guy who's ranked as an Undrafted Free Agent (lol, someplaces, Wilson might have actually have been ranked as high as "7th Rd/UDFA"!) WILL still be available for you to target in the Late 5th/Early 6th Round... This isn't hard.