According to a report, personnel people around the NFL criticized the Patriots when they selected defensive back Tavon Wilson in the third round.
After two selections which were largely lauded by the scouting community, the Patriots' second-round selection was largely criticized. S Tavon Wilson, according to multiple personnel sources, should have been selected farther down in the draft. In fact, two personnel executives said their respective teams had third day grades (fifth or six round). Wilson played cornerback and safety at the University Illinois and has the positional versatility that Belichick covets, but one of the sources said the rookie doesnt possess any outstanding qualities, which could explain why the selection was so heavily criticized.
The site goes on to say that, of course, Bill Belichick could care less what personnel people around the league have to say. When he has a type of player in mind, and he thinks that player can thrive in New England's system, he takes him. End of story. Not a whole lot of relying on Mel Kiper's Big Board when it comes to the Patriots' draft strategy -- something we should all know by now.
The Sideline View breaks down all of New England's picks, giving the franchise credit for taking Jake Bequette, special teams specialist Nate Ebner and draft-day-slider Alfonzo Dennard. Overall, the Patriots got a B- for their draft.