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Tight ends are changing how defenses are constructed

On the second day of the NFL draft, there was an audible “Huh?” across the country when the Patriots selected Illinois defensive back Tavon Wilson with the 48th overall pick.

Most draft experts, and even some NFL personnel executives, thought the 6-foot, 205-pound Wilson was a mid-round pick at best because he didn’t really have a position. Not a corner. Not really fast enough to play safety in space. Certainly not big enough to convert to linebacker.

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