Wilson spoke with president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara this afternoon by videoconference. The initial interviews with candidates are being conducted remotely.
Wilson is completing his seventh season with the Arizona Cardinals' scouting department and first as the team's vice president of pro personnel after being promoted in February 2021. In that role, Wilson supervises the pro scouting staff and oversees all pro player evaluation, the advance scouting process, free agency and the daily monitoring of player transactional movement in all professional leagues. He also assists with college scouting, including evaluations of all juniors and crosschecking top draft prospects.
Prior to his promotion, Wilson worked the past two years (2019-20) as the team's director of pro scouting.
Wilson joined the Cardinals staff following his retirement from the NFL in 2015 and spent four seasons (2015-18) assisting both the pro and college scouting departments.
Wilson spent 12 seasons (2001-12) playing with the Cardinals after joining the team as a third-round selection (64th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft from North Carolina State. A five-time Pro Bowl selection (2006, 2008-11) and three-time All-Pro selection (2006, 2008-09), he finished his NFL career with 987 tackles (716 solo), 25.5 sacks, 27 INTs, 106 passes defensed, 15 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and four TDs in 181 regular season games (162 starts). Wilson and Hall of Famer Larry Wilson (1962-63, '65-70) are the only two safeties in team history selected to five or more Pro Bowls.
In 2015, Wilson became the 15th member of the Cardinals Ring of Honor. He was inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in October of 2016.
Wilson was a standout safety and split end at T.W. Andrews High School in High Point, N.C, where in June 2010 he had his prep jersey number (9) retired. He also played basketball and ran track in high school and was an honorable mention All-American in basketball in 1998. Wilson majored in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at N.C. State.