BY NICK ST. DENIS
Tavon Wilson wasn't projected to go early in the 2012 draft, but he now has more than $4 million reasons not to care.
Wilson, a safety out of Illinois who was taken by the Patriots at No. 48 overall, signed a four-year contract Friday worth $4.217 million, according to Scout.com.
With that, Wilson will spend the remainder of the offseason trying to earn a starting gig in New England's secondary, which was one of the worst of its kind in 2011.
Wilson was considered a reach by many draft experts and analysts, though Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a good enough track record with using under-the-rader players for us all to put our criticisms on hold.
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