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Safety Donovan Wilson selected in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys

April 27, 2019
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Donovan Wilson on Saturday continued a streak of Texas A&M defensive backs selected in the NFL draft when he was taken in the sixth  round by the Dallas Cowboys. 

Wilson is the third consecutive Aggies safety to be selected and the fourth A&M defensive back chosen since 2016.

Last year safety Armani Watts was a fourth round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs. In the 2017 draft, Justin Evans was taken in the second round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cornerback Brandon Williams was a third round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2016 draft.

Before that streak the last A&M defensive back drafted was Terrence Frederick, who was picked in the seventh round of the 2012 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In Wilson, the Cowboys gets a hard-hitting, aggressive safety with a knack for making big plays. He posted 207 tackles, five sacks, eight interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his A&M career.

A three-star rated prospect out of Shreveport Woodlawn High School in 2014, Wilson posted a respectable 19 tackles in his debut season.

The next year he emerged as a force at safety. He led the Aggies with five interceptions, including one returned 60 yards for a touchdown in a victory over South Carolina. He also forced three fumbles, recovered two and registered 63 tackles. He followed that up with a solid junior year in which he had an end zone interception against Mississippi State and 59 tackles overall.

Wilson was named a defensive captain for his senior year in 2017, but suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the season-opening 45-44 loss to UCLA. Wilson recovered and came back in 2018 with a strong showing that was marred by targeting penalties.

Last season Wilson was second among A&M defenders with 66 tackles. He also posted two sacks and had two interceptions – one of which clinched a 24-17 victory over Arkansas. Unfortunately, three times he was penalized for targeting and therefore missed three halves of football. He also sat out the Gator Bowl victory over North Carolina State because of injury.

After the season he was recipient of the Aggie Heart Award and Defensive Leadership Award.

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Safety Donovan Wilson selected in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys

13,438 Views | 14 Replies | Last: 5 yr ago by AggieBlu
Whatthefunyo
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Great pickup for the Cowboys. A bargain! With a couple of years of coaching under Marinelli, Wilson will be a starter for sure!
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Lateralus Ag
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greg.w.h
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Donovan needs to plan to earn his way into starting via special teams and should seek Bill Bates out in Knoxville and Cliff Harris out in Fayetteville as mentors as well as becoming knowledgeable about the Cowboys.
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Donovan was the lowest rated recruit in his class for us.
texag86
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Look forward to seeing him play for the cowboys
chevy con queso
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Glad he got picked up. Was worried we might have a couple guys left out.
Bobaloo
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Very talented kid. Best of luck in Dallas!
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Old RV Ag
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exp said:

Donovan was the lowest rated recruit in his class for us.
And he was a last minute replacement for the snowflake gonna be the JFF face for blue-field U. Wow, did that work out best for A&M and Wilson. What a great Aggie he became. Old school WC type player - too bad he had to play in the targeting era.
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anyone else read the title as "Donovan Wilson ejected..."
AggieBlu
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Love this pick for my Boys!
I will never understand how someone can tell so many lies and not feel bad about it...
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