TEMPE, Ariz. – Former Florida cornerback Marco WilsonThe decision to throw an LSU player’s cleat in late December resulted in the Tigers scoring the winning field goal, hit by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.
The Cardinals, who had no choice for the third or fourth round this year, traded with the Baltimore Ravens to advance to the fourth round and bring in Wilson.
Wilson threw the shoe after attacking LSU’s Kole Taylor to stop in third place. The shoe came off Taylor in Wilson’s hand and Wilson tossed it in in celebration. He was marked for unsportsmanlike conduct that kept LSU’s drive alive and resulted in the Tigers scoring a decisive field goal 23 seconds before the end of the game.
Wilson said the incident taught him a lesson in self-control that he wants to take with him in the NFL.
“All you have to do is be in control of your emotions and make sure you are only doing the right things,” he said. “But I’ve just learned that such stupid mistakes can affect not only you, but many people around you. So you have to stay away from doing things like that.”
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said he was confident Wilson has learned from his mistake and “realizes that he needs to keep his emotions in check”.
“I think he’s the kind of guy who’ll learn from the lessons and he really understands the defensive covers and the plans,” said Keim. “The ability to play inside and outside, he’s a student of the game and he’s a guy to me who really didn’t get the recognition he deserves. I think he played better than people think. Sometimes he can it will be difficult. ” This conference obviously suits the people he’s done. But when you look at his skills and the things he can do, you throw in [defensive coordinator] Vance [Joseph] and [cornerbacks coach] Greg [Williams] and some of the people here that I think can develop further. I think he has a bright future. “
Wilson said he should have been drafted higher than the fourth round but said his injury history may have contributed to his being selected on day three. He tore his right ACL in high school and then his left ACL during his sophomore season in Florida.
Wilson trained for the combine at EXOS in Phoenix so he was familiar with the area.
“I really enjoyed it out there,” he said. “I really enjoyed it and, man, it was a great environment out there. So I’m glad to be going back.”
Wanting to rely on his experience as a newcomer to the Gators during his rookie season with the Cardinals, Wilson will join a cornerback room that needed depth especially for the future. The Cardinals scheduled outside the corners this year are Malcolm Butler and Robert Alford, who have not yet suffered a defeat for the Cardinals due to injuries since signing with them in 2019. Both have a one-year contract. Alford was cut to his three-year contract after two years and then re-signed to a one-year contract. Arizona’s first nickel corner is Byron Murphy, which is entering its third season.
Wilson said he was aware of the Arizona situation at his position.
“I know they need cornerbacks,” said Wilson. “I know there are already a lot of people out there who are very talented and older people who have a lot of experience and I feel like I could come in and make a difference and learn a lot from the people who are already there. “
The Cardinals received the Ravens pick for the fourth round (# 136 overall) and their pick for the sixth round (# 210) in exchange for Arizona’s pick for the fifth round (# 160) and a pick for the fourth round 2022.