NFL personnel criticized Patriots pick Wilson

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NFL personnel criticized Patriots pick Wilson

According to a report, personnel people around the NFL criticized the Patriots when they selected defensive back Tavon Wilson in the third round.

From TheSidelineView.com:
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.

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.