Safety Watch 2012: A Look At Tavon Wilson

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 12: Kevin Koger #86 of the Michigan Wolverines is caught by Tavon Wilson #3 of the Illinois Fighting Illini after catching a pass for a first down at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

James informed us several days ago of Mike Nolan's love affair with the "Big Nickel" formation, where a third safety is thrown into the mix. With this in mind, we'll take a look at another draft prospect who is on the Falcons visit list, Tavon Wilson.

Wilson spent four years at the University of Illinois, splitting his tenure between playing cornerback and safety. At 6'0", 205 lbs. he appears to have some decent power to him, something Nolan would be immediately drawn to.

He was known as a valuable leader for the Fighting Illini, and his college bio page says he was Illinois' honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2010. These are two qualities we've come to expect out of prospects The Comrade brings in.

In 2011 Wilson was one of the better defenders on a defense that only allowed 19.6 points per game, ranking No. 15 in the nation.

His coverage skills could use some work, which is why he's projected to go in Round 6-7, but he can be physical and doesn't seem to shy away from contact.

The Falcons are likely to continue pursuing another safety after losing the Madieu Williams sweepstakes, so Wilson could be someone they have their eye on for one of those two seventh-round selections. Any thoughts on this guy, or maybe another safety you would like to see brought in?

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