News: Patriots defensive back Tavon Wilson totaled three solo tackles and one interception Week 8 at St. Louis. It was his third interception this season.
Analysis: The rookie out of Illinois has been pressed into action because of injuries in the secondary, but he seems to be holding his own. Wilson is making enough plays to be worthy of using in deeper Fantasy IDP formats.
News: The Patriots spent the majority of the 2012 NFL Draft focused on improving 2011's league-worst defense, using six of their seven picks over the weekend on defensive players. The Patriots traded up twice in the first round to select defensive end Chandler Jones of Syracuse at No. 21, and linebacker Dont'a Hightower of Alabama at No. 25. The Patriots also spent both of their second-day picks on defense, selecting safety Tavon Wilson of Illinois in the second round, at No. 48, as well as defensive end Jake Bequette of Arkansas in Round 3, at No. 90. Ohio State safety Nate Ebner and Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard were late-round choices.
Analysis: Jones and Hightower should be key cogs in the defense right away, especially Hightower. Bequette could work in situational downs and has the potential to rack up some sacks sooner than later. Wilson, Ebner and Dennard aren't likely for playing time in the near future. Regarding the players taken after Round 1, we'd spend a late pick on Bequette in dynasty/keeper leagues and a late pick on both him and Wilson in rookie-only drafts.