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Tavon Wilson arrives at Gillette Stadium

FOXBOROUGH -- He might have been the surprise of the second round, but Tavon Wilson didn’t admit to being stunned when the New England Patriots made him the 48th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.

Wilson, a 6-foot safety from Illinois, flew up from Washington, D.C., on Saturday morning, and met with the media a few minutes ago at Gillette Stadium.

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”I was excited,” Wilson said, describing his reaction to his selection. “I’d heard things all over the place, but I was excited that they believed in me at that pick.”

Wilson met some of his new coaches on Saturday, and said he ran into one new teammate, fellow defensive back Ras-I Dowling, who offered advice: “He just told me to come in, work my tail off, and if I needed any help with anything, let him know.”

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Describing himself as a “hard worker, versatile, smart,” Wilson said he expects to contribute on special teams, and anywhere else he’s asked to play.

Getting his first glimpse of what life as a New England Patriot is like, Wilson said the past 24 hours have been a blur.

”It’s been crazy, but it’s been everything I could ever want. I’m with a great organization. You can tell why they’re successful here, I’m just looking forward to contributing any way I can, hit the ground running, do whatever I’m asked to do.”

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Taking a tour of the Patriot Place complex, Wilson wouldn’t have to look far to see a very young Patriot fan or two. Back home in Washington, D.C., Wilson already has one of the oldest fans anyone could ask for. His great-great-grandmother is 112, one of the oldest people in the US.

”She can still walk around and talk, so it’s fun to be around. She’s still a funny woman,” he said. “She’s losing her eyesight, but she tries to watch me.”

Wilson was the third of the Patriots’ first four draft picks. New England is scheduled to make just one pick on Saturday, in the fifth round (No. 163 overall).

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