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Meet the Newest New England Patriot: Marco Wilson

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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Marco Wilson (20) scores a touchdown after intercepting the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Marco Wilson was waived by the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday. A day later he was the newest member of the New England Patriots. New England’s waiver claim on Wilson was successful, giving the team added depth at cornerback.

The Cardinals selected Wilson is the fourth round (136 overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft. At 6-foot-0 and 191 pounds, Wilson has good size for the position. His 4.34 speed in the 40-yard dash made him one of the fastest prospects coming out of college that season.

Wilson played his college football for the Florida Gators. He started as a true freshman, but had his career briefly halted by an ACL injury that forced him to miss most of his sophomore season.

Arizona started Wilson as a rookie. He appeared in 43 games over three seasons with the Cardinals, starting 37. Wilson has three interceptions and three forced fumbles in his NFL career. This includes a pick-six against the Saints last season, which earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

According to Pro Football Focus, Wilson has allowed 51 receptions, 732 receiving yards, and five touchdowns this season. His 41.2 grade from PFF is the lowest of his career. He ranks 121-of-123 qualified cornerbacks in 2023.

Marco Wilson is still a promising prospect. Despite playing four years at Florida, and three years in the NFL, he is still only 24 years old. With the loss of several cornerbacks this season, including J.C. Jackson most recently, Wilson is a low-risk, high-reward candidate for the New England Patriots. He is signed for 2024.

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